Adoption is a permanent legal arrangement and your child’s adoptive parents will have full parental rights and responsibilities. Most adoptions in New Zealand are ‘open adoptions’ where the birth parents and the adoptive family know of each other and may keep in touch.
The adoption process
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A culture of child protection
Child protection policies help build a strong culture of child protection across a workplace by encouraging early identification and referral of vulnerable children.
Guidelines for child protection policies
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Sometimes the decision for a child to live with someone else happens quickly, because there's been an incident or emergency situation where we needed to work quickly to make sure they're safe.Each situation is different. But our focus always remains the same – doing what's best for the child or young person, and making sure they have a safe, stable and loving home at the earliest opportunity. This might mean they can retur...
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Adopting a child in NZ
Each year a small number of children in New Zealand are placed by their birth parents for adoption.
You can apply to become an adoptive parent, but birth parents make the decision about who they would like to care for their child.
Adopting a child from overseas...
... the community already provides. This happens after an assessment has been completed. If the caregiver agrees, we'll make a referral to a community service provider. We will then work with the provider of the services being used – to make sure the child or young person and their family is getting the help they need, and consider any other services or support that might be required.
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
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When does a child go into care?
There are lots of different ways children and young people come into care. Usually there's time to plan how this will happen.
For example, a decision might be made at a Family Group Conference that it’s best for them to live with their aunty, or in another caring environment.