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Planning for the adoptive placement

Updated: 01 July 2013

What's Important To Us

It is very important that parents thinking of placing a child for adoption can fully attend to the birth of their child, confident that they understand what is involved if they choose to place and knowing that they can take what time they need to review their adoption decision.

Women considering placing their child for adoption have the same rights in the hospital as any other mother, and the child has no different status. If the mother chooses not to care for the child herself after the birth, she remains the child's guardian during any period the child is placed with an approved caregiver under s139 of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.