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Surrogacy and adoption

It’s in a child’s best interest to have a legal relationship with the parents who will be raising them. Therefore you’ll need to apply to adopt your child through the New Zealand Family Court, so the parental rights can be transferred from your surrogate mother and her partner, to you. Surrogacies arranged in New Zealand In New Z...

Safety checking

What are the safety checking regulations? On 1 July 2015 safety checking regulations for the children’s workforce came into force. The regulations require all paid people who work with children for government-funded organisations to be safety checked, and to have these safety checks updated every three years. This also applies to unpaid people working with children as part of an educational or vocational trainin...

Core worker exemptions

The workforce restriction The Children's Act 2014 introduces a workforce restriction, which means it's unlawful to employ a core children’s worker with certain serious criminal offences unless they hold a core worker exemption. The offences which trigger the workforce restriction generally involve child victims, or are of a sexual or violent nature. These are outlined in schedule 2 of the act.Children's Act sche...

Contact us

If you're a school:  Call 0508 EDASSIST (0508 332 774)Email edassist@ot.govt.nz If you're a caregiver:Call 0508 227 377 If your query is adoption related:Call 0508 326 459Email webadoption@ot.govt.nz To request personal information held by us:Call 0508 326 459 and ask for privacy and official information services.General mailing address:Oranga Tamariki National Office PO Box 546WellingtonNew Zealand Contact Children's Teams...

Careers with us

The work we do is complex and critical. We know our people are fundamental to our success and we're always on the lookout for those who share our drive, passion and expertise. You'll enjoy an environment where people are listened to, respected and trusted. We encourage our people to learn and grow within the organisation, and we'll support you in achieving your aspirations. The diversity and range of career opportunities available is impressiv...