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Use of legal orders to secure a permanent living arrangement

Updated: 01 July 2016

What's Important To Us

All mokopuna have a right to live safely and permanently within a family/whānau. A legal relationship between mokopuna and their caregivers provides security for both parties, and enables the Permanent Caregivers to make important day-to-day care decisions for mokopuna.

Legal orders to support permanent care are provided for by the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and the Care of Children Act 2004 (CoCA).

As well as supporting the relationship between mokopuna and their permanent caregiver/s, formalising the care arrangement with legal orders provides access to support and assistance to meet the needs of mokopuna when it is required.  The most important factor to consider is that the order/s selected best meets the interests of the mokopuna and ensures a stable permanent care arrangement.

Selecting legal orders that best suits the situation requires assessment, consideration and consultation with the caregivers, the mokopuna, family/whānau of the mokopuna and legal services.