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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/previous-practice-centre/policy/creating-families-through-adoption/key-information/birthfathers-and-familywhanau/
Printed: 22/10/2019
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Birthfathers and family/whānau

Updated: 01 July 2013

What's Important To Us

All children need to know about their birth family, their whakapapa and how they are connected, to enable them to develop a sense of self and identity. For children whose links with their birth family have been disrupted by adoption or coming into care we have a special responsibility.

Experience from the Adult Adoption Information Act 1985 has been that adopted people are very interested to know about the genetic history held by their birthfathers and to know the circumstances of their birthparents’ relationship – whether or not it has been problematic, it is their history.

Although it may be only the mother of a coming child who expresses the wish to place her child for adoption, we will engage her interest in doing all she can to provide a good future for him or her by using all the resources available to secure his or her sense of belonging.