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Creating families through adoption policy — Resources

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.


Contact agreement (DOCX 96 KB)

Family history from parents who are planning to place a child for adoption (DOCX 35 KB)

When expectant parents want to discuss adoption

What is open adoption

Domestic adoptions

Adoption placement details for solicitors (DOCX 18 KB)

The social worker's court report on the adoption application

Consenting to adoption

National Health Index

Intercountry adoptions

Confirmation of adoption application to health service provider (DOCX 54 KB)

Eligible for education due to adoption letter (DOCX 49 KB)

Intercountry home study template (DOCX 83 KB)

Intercountry adoption step-by-step approval process diagram (DOCX 125 KB)

Intercountry adoption in New Zealand

Intercountry request for Child Study

New Zealand Hague Central Authority and accredited agencies

Overseas dossier requirements

In-vitro fertilisation surrogacy

In-vitro surrogacy adoption: Legal issues

The status of parents in a surrogacy proposal