Upcoming changes for this guidance
This content will be strengthened so it more completely reflects our commitment to practice framed by te Tiriti o Waitangi, based on a mana-enhancing paradigm for practice, and drawing from Te Ao Māori principles of oranga to support mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga. We each need to consider how we can apply these principles to our practice when reading this guidance. The following resources provide support:
Practice for working effectively with Māori
Our practice approach
When people want to adopt a tamaiti who is known to them
Adoptive applicants can apply directly to the Family Court when they want to adopt a tamaiti from within their whānau or family, for step-parent adoption applications or for any other proposal to adopt an identified tamaiti.
When the court receives these applications, the court registrar asks us to provide a social worker’s report on the application.
The Adoption Act 1955 applies the same criteria and requirements to all adoption applications whether by whānau or family, non-whānau or family or step-parent.