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COVID-19: implications for our practice

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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).

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
  • confirmation of a current COVID-19 vaccination status certificate and a willingness to maintain a current COVID-19 vaccination certificate
  • a panel interview.

Confirmation of a current COVID-19 vaccination certificate and its expiry date must be recorded clearly in the Caregiver Record as a separate casenote.

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.