Heartlands Baby Sanctuary’s primary goal is to afford every child in our care
their “birthright to belong and to be reunited with a loving family”.

Heartlands Baby Sanctuary, based in Somerset West, Western Cape, is a temporary residential safe care facility for 25 children at any given time. We provide individual specialised care and support to children in desperate need of care and protection from birth to 6 years. Children are placed with a valid court order from the Children’s Court. These are children who have been abandoned, abused, neglected, orphaned and or are sick.

After the Children’s Court proceedings are finalised, they are either reunited with their parents or family members, placed in foster care, transferred to other long-term facilities or adopted. We strive to develop the family bond by either visiting or being accommodated in the mother’s room. We educate them on how to nurture and safely care for their children, once reunited back at home.

Heartlands Baby Sanctuary is a registered Child and Youth Care Centre and Community Mental Health Facility.

Within this segment of care in the Western Cape, there is a considerable shortage of temporary residential facilities caring for children under the age of six suffering at the hands of abuse, neglect or abandonment. So, on the 4th May 2015, Heartlands Baby Sanctuary was born.

It is important to note that a child who has special needs due to physical, emotional or health reasons requires distinct attention and care, thus health, psychosocial and ECD programmes form the 3 key pillars of our services.

Heartlands also offers parents the Mother’s Room where they can receive training in order to be better equipped in caring for their children when back at home or out of a hospital environment. This is a key step in the process of rehabilitation and integration back into the community. Also in very exciting news, we heard in mid-September, that the proposed extension to build a mothers wing, has been approved and we are now meeting with the architects at the end of this month. This is a fully funded project as part of a pilot run by an independent company.

Heartlands Baby Sanctuary’s aspirations are to continue providing high-quality residential care and support to at-risk children and their families through a holistic, multidisciplinary team approach.


We provide a safe, loving and homely environment to young children in desperate need of care and protection. Our individualised services create a foundation to develop a happy, healthy and confident child.


Heartlands Baby Sanctuary provides care, support and development to vulnerable young children and their families which include high impact health and care services, effective psychosocial services and opportunities to achieve developmental milestones in as short a time as possible.

  • Passionate: We have an emotional desire and attachment towards the children and our work
  • Respect: We value diversity, knowledge, integrity and contribution
  • Trust: We restore belief in the children and have confidence in each other
  • Hope: We aspire to a better future for all

Help Us Reach Our Goal

Heartlands Baby Sanctuary's main aim is to return children in our care to the community, either through reunification, fostering or adoption, giving them the warmth and security of a family.

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Monica Buitendag

Nikki Bower
Marketing & Events

Runika Miles
Stimulation and Sustainability co-ordinator

Sister Wilma Groenewald
Health Manager

Sylvi Kotze
Facility Manager

Tarryn Smith

Ulen Afrika
Social Worker

Contact Us

794 Old Paardevlei Road, The Interchange, Somerset West, 7130
P.O. Box 3337, Somerset West, 7129
+(27) 21 852 3527
+(27) 21 852 9327
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