Today marks the 83rd anniversary since HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone officially opened Princess Alice Adoption Home on 20 October 1930. Since then, the home has played an incredible role in the lives of many babies and families.
Originally, PAAH could accommodate 10 babies, and the screening and facilitation of adoptions was handled by a volunteer adoptions committee. (The University of Witwatersrand only began to offer professional training for social workers in the late 1930s.)
While much has changed since 1930 – our services are professionalised and expanded, – we are very proud to continue with the wonderful purpose for which the home was originally opened.
We look forward to the future and to celebrating our 83rd birthday with a fundraiser on 30 October at The Barnyard Theatre Cresta. All funds raised will help us to continue with our very special work.
“Civilisation only begins when we feel that a neglected child is a personal reproach to each of us.”
-– HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.