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Caregiver and adoptive applicant assessment and approval

The requirements for the assessment and approval of prospective caregivers (family/whānau and non-whānau) and adoptive applicants (domestic and inter-country adoption).

Upcoming changes for this policy

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 policy. The following resources provide support:
Practice for working effectively with Māori
Our practice shift

Change made to policy

We have a separate policy covering casework responsibilities if a prospective caregiver, or a prospective provisional caregiver, lives in a different area from te tamaiti.

Policy: Casework responsibilities when our work involves more than 1 site

Who this policy applies to

This policy applies to all people wanting to provide care on behalf of the Oranga Tamariki chief executive or to adopt a tamaiti.

If the assessment is for a prospective Family Home caregiver

In addition to the usual requirements of a caregiver assessment, assessment for a prospective Family Home caregiver must include:

  • exploration and assessment of issues specifically relating to providing care in a Family Home
  • a panel interview.

Youth justice — custody of a tamaiti or rangatahi pending hearing

Where a tamaiti or rangatahi appears before the Youth Court, the court has a range of options for custody, including ordering that te tamaiti or rangatahi be:

  • delivered into the custody of any person approved by the chief executive for the purpose 238(1)(c)
  • detained in the custody of the chief executive, an iwi social service, or a cultural social service 238(1)(d).

Custody of child or young person pending hearing — section 238(1)(c) and (d) of Oranga Tamariki Act 1989

Once the assessment is complete

After our assessment is complete we must decide whether to approve or decline the prospective caregiver or adoptive applicant, prepare an assessment report and follow the relevant decline or approval process.