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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/previous-practice-centre/policy/creating-families-through-adoption/key-information/social-workers-approval-for-placement-of-the-child/
Printed: 22/10/2019
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Social worker's approval for placement of the child

Updated: 01 July 2013

What's Important To Us

The purpose of the social worker’s prior approval is to secure the child’s status with the adoptive applicants in the period during which the birthparents have relinquished their parental authority and the adoptive applicants are in the process of making application to the court for an adoption order.

Careful thought is needed about how to effect the transition in the best interests of the child who is in the vulnerable situation of separation from his or her mother, and not yet established in a new primary attachment with adoptive parents.