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Placing your child for adoption

Adoption is a permanent legal arrangement and your child’s adoptive parents will have full parental rights and responsibilities. Most adoptions in New Zealand are ‘open adoptions’ where the birth parents and the adoptive family know of each other and may keep in touch.  The adoption process Talk to a social workerYour first step...

Community help

WHAT’S UPYoung people can call 0800 WHATSUP (0800 942 8787) free from 1pm till 10pm Mon-Fri, or 3pm to 10pm on the weekends, 365 days of the year. This is a cool helpline just for kids and teens, where you can talk or web chat to caring people about anything that's on your mind. Web chat's open 5pm to 10pm every day. You can also visit them online:What's up on Facebook What's up website YOUTHLINEYouthline is a community organisation based in centres across New Zealand. Get...

Surrogacy and adoption

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 In New Z...

Feedback and complaints

Feedback and Complaints We want to hear from children and young people about their experience with us, good or bad.We value the views of children, and encourage them to speak up about how they feel and anything that's happened to them. We’ve also developed information, including this video and printed resource, specifically for them....

Media contacts

For all media enquiries relating to the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki please contact our National Office Communications Team.  Contacts The media team email and phone number is for news media enquires only. For all other enquiries go to:Contact usMedia teamCall 04 918 9199Email media@mvcot.govt.nz Medi...

What to expect

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...

Katarina

Maraea was instrumental in giving Katarina the self-belief she needed to succeed."She assured me I could be both a world champion and a successful student. She was with me every step of the way – and because of her belief in me, I started to believe in myself.""She’s really made me a lot stronger. I had a lot of times where I didn’t know if I could keep going. With waka ama we train twice a day, ten times a week. I was so tired, and after...