Finding your birth family

If you were part of an adoption that took place before 1985, it may be possible to find information about your birth parent or child.

We can help you with this process. 

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Finding your birth child

If your birth child is over 20 years old and you’d like to find out their name and whereabouts, we can help you.

You’ll need to complete a brief form including your child’s birth name, where and when they were born and send it to us. If you don't have all the information, write down what you know.

Call us to request a Section 8 application form. We’ll get our adoption services closest to where you live to send this to you.

Once we receive the form we’ll check any records we have and get in touch.

If you are a birth father, we will need to confirm that you are named on your birth child’s original birth registration or on Oranga Tamariki’s adoption records. 

If you are not named, you can apply to Births Deaths and Marriages to have your name added to the pre-adoptive birth registration. We’ll explain this procedure to you. 


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Restrictions on releasing information

If your birth child has placed a veto, we are unable to approach them; however we will check to see if they have left a letter of explanation for you.

If your birth child is younger than 20, you may not be able to get information about them. If this is the case, we'll talk you through what this means.

Connecting you to your birth child

If there’s no veto, we’ll do what we can to locate and contact your birth child, and ask if they wish their name and address to be given to you.

If they agree, we’ll give you their details and you’re free to make contact with them. A social worker will be available to provide advice and support.