Working with expectant parents
When expectant parents want to discuss adoption
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.
Other options for expectant parents considering adoption
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.
Involving fathers when considering adoption
Te tamaiti benefits from the involvement of their father and their whānau or family when exploring care options and any adoption plan.
Involving whānau or family in the adoption decision
We should make every effort to involve the expectant parents’ whānau or family when adoption is being considered.
What is open adoption
We help expectant parents and adoptive applicants understand how open adoption works and the decisions they need to make.
Making a birth whānau or family history
When expectant parents decide to place their tamaiti for adoption, we should help them and their whānau or family prepare a birth whānau or family history.
Selecting an adoptive whānau or family from profiles
Once expectant parents have settled on a plan to place te tamaiti for adoption, we explore their preferences and criteria for an adoptive whānau or family and provide profiles for them to consider, which meet their criteria.
Facilitating an adoption placement
Informing adoptive applicants of the proposed placement
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.
Meeting and making a contact agreement
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.
Caring for the newborn tamaiti before adoption is finalised
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.
Registering the birth of te tamaiti
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.
National Health Index
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.
Consenting to adoption
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.
Social worker approval for placement of te tamaiti in adoptive home
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 whānau or family.
Facilitating the adoption of a tamaiti from overseas
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.
Overseas dossier for intercountry adoptions
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.
Intercountry adoption Home Study report
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 whānau or family for a particular tamaiti.
Intercountry request for a Child Study report
If te tamaiti or the birth whānau or family 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.
The New Zealand Central Authority and accredited adoption agencies under the Hague Convention
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.
Direct adoption applications to the Family Court
Direct adoption applications to the Family Court
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.
Intercountry adoption applications to the Family Court
When adoptive applicants apply for intercountry adoption directly to the Family Court, we determine the best way to proceed depending on the countries of residence of all parties to the adoption application. We liaise with the Intercountry Adoption Team.
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