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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. Learn more Adopting a child from overseas...

How we might work with you

... 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 used – to make sure the child or young person and their family is getting the help they need, and consider any other services or support that might be required. Children's Teams Children’s Teams...

KickStart Breakfast and Indicators of Child Health 7 June 2018

KickStart Breakfasts and Indicators of Child Health in Linked Administrative Data June 2018 Page 2 KickStart Breakfasts and Indicators of Child Health Authors Moira Wilson, Ministry of Social Development Dean Hyslop, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Min Vette, Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children Pete McMillen, Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children Acknowledgements This study was supported by funding from Oranga...

20181211 Research into child sexual abuse in New Zealand2

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...

20190517 Average costs of a child being in care per annum4

Financial help

... 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 Rate Weekly Pocket Money Birthday and Christmas Allowance (half the weekly board rate) 4 Weekly Clothing Rate 0 – 4 years $172.84 $2.10 $86.42 $81.92 5 – 9 years $197.27 $6.70 $98.64...

Children who offend

The majority of children who offend are dealt with by the Police through alternative action, like writing an apology letter, or paying for damage.When their offence is more serious, we may organise a Youth Justice family group conference.The child is central to this process, and we make sure they understand and are part of any decisions. The aim is to help the child face up to their offending, learn from their mistakes, make...