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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...

When does a child go into care?

Under the law, we are required to keep children and young people safe and support families to look after their tamariki when concerns arise. In some situations, bringing a child into care is the best way to make sure this happens.We’re also here to help families and whānau who are finding things challenging and need some extra support when the going gets tough.Children and young people can c...

Worried about a child? Tell us

If you, or a child or young person you know is in immediate danger call:POLICE ON 111 Need to talk? We're here for you. Call freephone:0508 326 459Lines open 24/7, or email us at contact@mvcot.govt.nz Are you a young person? We want you to feel safe - at home, at school and everywhere else. It's OK to feel worried sometimes, and it's good to share your problems with someone. If something happens that makes you fe...

Thinking about child poverty presentation

Thinking about “child poverty”: Concepts, frameworks, measures, trends and targets Bryan Perry Ministry of Social Development, NZ Oranga Tamariki Seminar, 30 Nov 2017 Bryan Perry, Nov 2017 Material wellbeing – part of wider wellbeing • Starting point for “child poverty” thinking is wellbeing more generally • Many (child) wellbeing frameworks – OT framework (Daniel) – others • Material wellbeing impacts on most other wellbeing doma...