We need to be impartial, provide information and explore options with expectant parents so they can make an informed decision that meets the needs of te tamaiti.
We support expectant parents to make a fully informed decision about adoption by exploring other options and encouraging expectant parents to consider the long-term needs of te tamaiti.
Te tamaiti benefits from the involvement of their father and their family/whānau when exploring care options and any adoption plan.
We should make every effort to involve the expectant parents’ family/whānau when adoption is being considered.
We help expectant parents and adoptive applicants understand how open adoption works and the decisions they need to make.
When expectant parents decide to place their tamaiti for adoption, we should help them and their family/whānau prepare a birth family/whānau history.
Once expectant parents have settled on a plan to place te tamaiti for adoption, we explore their preferences and criteria for an adoptive family/whānau and provide profiles for them to consider, which meet their criteria.
Once te tamaiti has been born and birthparents have reviewed their adoption plan and want to proceed, we let adoptive applicants know they've been chosen to adopt te tamaiti.
We encourage birthparents and adoptive applicants to meet after the birth of te tamaiti. We help them create a contact agreement that records their commitment to information sharing and ongoing contact arrangements.
When te tamaiti is born we encourage the birthmother to stay in hospital as long as she can and to care for te tamaiti before any placement happens.
By law, both parents of a tamaiti born in New Zealand must register the birth through Births, Deaths and Marriages within 2 months of te tamaiti being born.
We remind the birthparents or interim caregivers of the newborn tamaiti to pass on their Well Child book and their National Health Index number to the adoptive applicants at placement.
The birthparents have the legal right to consent to the adoption of their tamaiti. They must understand the effects of adoption so that their consent is fully informed and freely given.
We provide a social worker placement approval that enables the lawful placement of te tamaiti with the adoptive applicants. We act in the best interests of te tamaiti in the transition from birthparents to the new family/whānau.
We help adoptive applicants explore what’s involved in parenting a tamaiti from overseas. We provide information and can facilitate adoption of an unknown non-relative tamaiti from another country if NZ has an intercountry adoption programme with them.
We collate the documents required for an intercountry adoption. We send this overseas dossier to the New Zealand Central Authority (NZCA) for validation and sending to the country.
We put together the Home Study assessment report to evidence that the applicants are eligible and suited to adopt a tamaiti from overseas. It also helps the overseas officials to match a family/whānau for a particular tamaiti.
If te tamaiti or the birth family/whānau is living overseas a Child Study report from their country may be required. We may need to prepare the request for a Child Study report.
An adoption of te tamaiti from overseas countries by New Zealand citizens and permanent residents must comply with New Zealand’s international obligations and the laws of the countries involved within the framework and principles of the Hague Convention.
People who want to adopt a tamaiti who is known to them can make an adoption application directly to the New Zealand Family Court. When requested by the court, we assess adoptive applicants and provide a social worker’s report.
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