Caregiver assessment and approval policy — Key information

What's Important To Us

When mokopuna need to live away from their usual caregiver, they are entitled to a safe and stable place to call home, with approved caregivers who are able to meet their particular needs.

Our priority is to place mokopuna in homes where they will be loved, wanted and valued, where they have a sense of belonging and their significant connections can be maintained. This might be a:

  • member of their extended whānau, hapu or iwi
  • family/whānau they were not born to.

Mokopuna who are involved with Oranga Tamariki have often experienced significant trauma and adverse circumstances. When completing caregiver or adoptive parent assessments the challenges of caring for these mokopuna must be considered along with the supports required to enable mokopuna to meet their full potential.