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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 whānau or family.
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