Updated: 24 February 2017
Tamariki achieve their greatest potential within whānau where they are safe, secure, and have a sense of belonging and connectedness. Tamariki in the custody of the chief executive have the right to stability of care, which provides them with this experience.
When it is not possible for tamariki to return to their parents’ or usual guardians’ care, we must find them a whānau where they will feel loved, wanted, and valued, and where their significant connections are maintained. Securing a permanent care arrangement for tamariki is the key to promoting their sense of identity and belonging.