The Government’s second round of public engagement on reforming Aotearoa New Zealand’s adoption laws started on 20 June 2022. This follows a previous round of public engagement undertaken by the Ministry of Justice last year, which sought the public’s views on issues with the current law and ideas for change.
The Government has released a discussion document that outlines the options for creating a new adoption system the Government is considering, and seeks feedback on those options. You can find the Discussion Document on the Ministry of Justice website.
The options aim to put children at the centre of the new adoption system. The law would consider children more and support them to participate in a process that has significant impact on their lives. It would also recognise that culture, whakapapa and family connection are a key part of people’s identity.