Adopting a child in NZ
Each year a small number of children in New Zealand are placed by their birth parents for adoption.
You can apply to become an adoptive parent, but birth parents make the decision about who they would like to care for their child.
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This is a less formal way of working with families, whānau and their tamariki.Sometimes it just means helping families and whānau find and use services that the community already provides. This happens after an assessment has been completed. If the caregiver agrees, we'll make a referral to a community service provider. We will then work with the provider of the services being us...
It’s in a child’s best interest to have a legal relationship with the parents who will be raising them. Therefore you’ll need to apply to adopt your child through the New Zealand Family Court, so the parental rights can be transferred from your surrogate mother and her partner, to you.
Surrogacies arranged in New Zealand
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Caregiver allowanceA care allowance is paid fortnightly and covers board, personal items and pocket money. We also provide a 4-weekly clothing allowance, and allowances for Christmas and birthday presents. The rates set out in the table below are effective from 1 April 2019.
Age of Child/Young Person
Weekly Pocket Money
Birthday and Christmas Allowance (half the weekly board rate)
4 Weekly Clothing Rate
0 – 4 years
Family group conferences
Youth Justice family group conferences give the child or young person who has offended a chance to own up to what they've done.
They work with their whānau, victims and professionals to find solutions and make amends.
Children who offend
We recognise that children ag...
Our goal is to work with the child and young person, their whānau and others who can help, so they can return to live at home – but only once we think it's safe for them to do so. If that can't happen, we aim to find them a safe, stable and loving home, where they'll be able to have a sense of belonging.
"It's all about the love. Some...
When does a child go into care?
There are lots of different ways children and young people come into care. Usually there's time to plan how this will happen.
For example, a decision might be made at a Family Group Conference that it’s best for them to live with their aunty, or in another caring environment.
If you’re considering adopting a child, Oranga Tamariki can help you understand what’s involved and step you through the process. We’re focused on finding the right family for the child, and encourage ongoing connection with the birth family and their culture.Adoption is the legal transfer of parenting rights and responsibilities from birth parents to adoptive parents. Your relationship to an adopted child is as it would be if they were your birth chi...