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Adoption policy — Key information

Updated: 01 July 2013

What's Important To Us

Adoption is a means of providing some children with security, and meeting their developmental needs by legally transferring on-going parental responsibilities from their birthparents to their adoptive parents, recognising that in doing so, we have created a new kinship network that forever links those two families together through the child.

In adoption as in marriage, the new legal family relationship does not signal the absolute end of one family and the beginning of another, nor does it sever the psychological tie to an earlier family. Rather it expands the family boundaries of all those who are involved.

The child’s best interests are the paramount consideration as birthparents consider their options for the care of their child. It is the core component in sessions during which adoptive applicants prepare to parent a child not born to them, and when placements are made between families who are compatible and cooperative in meeting the child’s needs for attachment and identity throughout life.

We support expectant parents considering adoption to explore their options, involve their family/whānau, and facilitate an adoption process when they decide to place te tamaiti with adoptive applicants.


Working with expectant parents

Policy: Adoption — Working with expectant parents

Direct applications

Direct adoption applications to the Family Court

Domestic adoptions

Facilitating an adoption placement

Policy: Adoption — Facilitating an adoption placement

Intercountry adoption

Facilitating the adoption of a tamaiti overseas

Policy: Adoption — Intercountry adoption: adopting a tamaiti from overseas

Policy: Adoption — Responding to relative intercountry adoption proposals

In-vitro fertilisation surrogacy

In-vitro fertilisation surrogacy adoption