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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/previous-practice-centre/policy/creating-families-through-adoption/key-information/birth-family-history-and-use-of-profiles/
Printed: 22/10/2019
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Birth family history and use of profiles

Updated: 01 July 2013

What's Important To Us

When birthparents are considering a new family/whānau for their child, it is of first importance that they consider that the child already has a family – theirs. This is an opportunity for them to think about the coming child’s place in their lives and in their families, which will test their intention to place for adoption and reinforce for them that genetic links are constant and enduring.

When children cannot live with their own families/whānau they are more likely to develop a healthy sense of self growing up in a family something like their own. Where birthparents and adoptive parents share some common ground and mutual understanding, this is likely to promote the development of relationships, and build a foundation of trust, an enduring kinship network and ultimately the child’s confident identity.