The Upper Highway Baby Home (UHBH) was established in 2019. Both Kerry and Gary are registered foster parents. Due to this, the Home has been screened to provide both temporary safe care and foster care for abandoned and vulnerable babies. These babies arrive with the paperwork necessary to facilitate adoption.
Many babies we receive are in a poor state of health. Some require both urgent and ongoing care and treatment to ensure successful adoption. Besides looking after the physical well being of these babies, we teach the babies how to function in a family environment. They learn to treat pets with care, travel in car seats, go to the shops and out for tea. In addition to this they get to socialise with other children and adults. We aim to provide all the normal experiences a loving family would offer them. This way, when the babies are adopted, their transition into family life is a smooth and happy one.
Every baby that comes through the UHBH doors becomes part of the Stanton family. They know they are wanted and loved beyond measure. Most importantly, it is a place where they are protected and prepared for the new life in a forever family that is already waiting for them.
We ensure the babies receive everything that they need in the first 2 years, so that the foundations for a healthy and productive life are well laid.
An estimated 40 000 babies are abandoned every year in South Africa and we only save about 3000 of these. The rest die alone after being abandoned in fields, thrown into rivers or toilets etc. A further 10 000 babies are placed for adoption, mostly by young mothers who have been abused or are in a situation where they have no means to bring the babies up in a healthy and stable environment.
The government facilities to support these babies are very poorly resourced and oversubscribed. Many babies end up in informal orphanage type situations with little hope of thriving and leading a productive life. Many do not survive the first two years and for those that do, they will stay in an orphanage for their entire childhood. They are then forced to leave with no support as soon as government grants are stopped. This further exacerbates the situation and in most cases the cycle of neglect continues for generations as these youngsters themselves become parents from as young as 14 years old. South Africa truly has a crisis that is not receiving sufficient attention!
We believe every child deserves a family that loves them and this is especially important in the formative years. The need for facilities to love and house abandoned babies in South Africa, and facilitate adoption into loving families, is dire.
If we help just a handful of babies every year we believe the impact will be significant. These children will have the opportunity to be part of a family and develop into loving socially responsible adults themselves.
We need to stop the cycle of neglect. We hope our example will be multiplied many times over throughout the country.
From the moment I first walked into The Upper Highway Baby Home in July 2019, I was in awe! 😱 The Stanton family are real-life heroes. 💛 Both Kerry and Gary are two of the most courageous humans I know. They pursued their dream of caring for orphaned and abandoned babies and have done an amazing job of providing each baby 👶🏼 with a loving, safe home whilst they wait for their forever families. If you are looking for a cause to support - this is it! Help them shift the future generation - pledge your support today 💛
The heartbreaking reality of the many, many abandoned new born babies in our country & immediate surrounds is something we can’t ignore. Gary & Kerry of Upper Highway Baby Home have stepped in to lovingly receive & care for little ones such as these. My family & I, as part time volunteers, can testify first hand to how much love & attention-to-detail care these precious babies receive. From carefully structured daily routines, nutritious & balanced eating plans, medical care, age appropriate sensory activities & a whole lot of love & fun Kerry & Gary, their family & staff provide a wonderful home for these babies truly loving them as their own as they prepare them for their future families. There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child - I know this to be true & I do so hope & pray that many, many in our community & beyond will pour their love, support & resources into helping the Upper Highway Baby Home continue this wonderful outreach work to the littlest & most vulnerable members of our society.
I have had the privilege of being a volunteer at this amazing baby home since February 2019. Fourteen months later and everyday I still stand in awe of Kerry and Gary and what they get through in a day. They are the most loving family, who have opened their home to the babies, their carers and us volunteers. I look forward to my shifts every week and can honestly say the baby home is my happy place. I have found my time being a volunteer so rewarding that I am in the process of starting to study again, to get my social workers degree so that I can be more involved in making a difference in these little peoples lives. Thank you Kerry and Gary for everything you do not only for the babies but for your community too.
The babies at UHBH are loved and blessed with the very best care. It is a joy to watch these little humans grow so beautifully! The Stanton family, staff and volunteers all work together to play their part. Well done to all! Warms the heart. I would encourage anyone who is able to donate or gift the home to do so. Every bit helps and goes to good use.
UHBH is the most beautiful place.. The babies are so precious and the care and love they receive is just perfect in every way. To be a volunteer is an honour and a priviledge and I really appeal to everyone to consider supporting this amazing and worthy home in any way you can. It is completely self-funded and in desperate need of financial assistance.What could be better - Donate and claim it back on your tax returns or pop a couple items on their wish list into your trolley We cant change the world but we can make a difference one child at a time. But you should be warned - loving these babies can be addictive !!!!!!! Best thing ever!!!!!
I have been a volunteer at this incredible home for just over a year now and I am completely and utterly in love with all the precious babies. Gary and Kerry are truly amazing foster parents and have become treasured friends forever. The upper highway baby home gives a new meaning to words love and caring and it will always be my “ happy” place for eternity ❤️
I absolutely love being a volunteer at this amazing home! The babies are given unconditional love and care by the amazing staff, committed volunteers as well as the Stanton family. I feel so privileged to be apart of such a beautiful home that brings so much joy into these gorgeous little souls’ lives - it is truly my happy place! Well done Kerry and Gary, you and your family have the biggest hearts and you should be proud of the home you have built. These babies are really getting the best possible start in life, thank you so much for allowing me to witness it. ❤️💚💛
The Upper Highway Baby Home epitomizes a home premised on unconditional love, humility & the utmost care. I have the privilege of volunteering at the Baby Home & it is the ultimate dose of soul food. My heart always leaves feeling full & getting to spread love to babies in need is so fulfilling ! I would highly recommend volunteering or donating to this wonderful cause❤️
Incredible family who have opened up their home to babies in need. They are treated like a family member and it shows with happy babies who have been given the best possible start to their lives. They have all become a huge part of my life and deserve every bit of support♥️
A phenomenal family who have come together to look after the precious lives of vulnerable babies who have been given a second chance in life. These angels are loved and cared for beyond measure by the Stanton family, the many volunteers who love spending time with them and the amazing staff who are OUTSTANDING!!!! Well done to Kerry and Gary, your staff and the community for everything you do to keep this home operational 😍
As a volunteer at the baby home I’m privileged to see the amount of love and dedication that’s poured into the lives of each precious baby. The whole team their are passionate and utterly devoted to giving their babies the very best start in their lives. It’s a beautiful thing too witness how the baby home is helping to find babies their forever homes and families.