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When an intercountry adoption application is made directly to the New Zealand Family Court
Adoptive applicants, whether living in New Zealand or not, can apply directly to the New Zealand Family Court to adopt a tamaiti who may or may not be living in New Zealand. The parties to the adoption application usually have a link to New Zealand.
When the parties are divided between countries an adoption order may be the only way te tamaiti can live permanently in the same country as their proposed caregivers.
We often only learn about these direct intercountry adoption applications when the court registrar requests social worker’s reports from us according to section 10 of the Adoption Act 1955.