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Programmes

Break-away school holiday programme These one-week programmes are for young people aged 11 to 17. Activity happens daily, during Christmas and Easter holidays. The programmes give young people an opportunity to enjoy fun, stimulating and structured school holiday programmes, at no cost.There are three types of programmes: sport and activity based general activity programmes a combination of sport and general activ...

Tina and Dave

Tina and Dave's StoryTina and Dave have been caregiving for twelve years. They live in Pukekohe, Auckland with the six children they look after - three boys and three girls, 'the perfect match,' jokes Dave. Their ages are three, four, five, seven, eight and ten years old.Dave was also brought up in care, so he has a good handle on what works well for kids.“Overall, I'm reasonably easy. I understand a lot of the cultural aspects of a lot of these children – as a Māori, and...

Adopting in NZ

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...

Stan

Stan wanted to honour his youth worker Paul with the taonga, for showing him a different, more positive way of being.When he was a teenager, life was really unstable for Stan. He experienced a lot of family violence. His mum moved away with her new husband, and Stan found himself living in a violent home with his alcoholic father who ended up going to jail.Suddenly Stan had nowhere to go. He was fifteen."A lot of my dad's issues started becomin...

Adopting overseas

Adopting an overseas child is usually more complex than adopting a child at home. Children adopted from overseas are usually older, and may have been emotionally affected by difficult experiences. There are cultural considerations as well — a child may not speak English and you’ll need to maintain a connection to their native heritage. Though not required, it helps if you have some kind of cultural links to the country you want to adopt fr...

Walking alongside episode 1 transcript

(Toni)So I’m a Care and Protection Social Worker here at Oranga Tamariki.At 8.30 every morning we have a full staff meeting. And it’s also every morning we sing a waiata.The best thing about being a social worker would be seeing the little changes in families and kids.The worst things about being a social worker would be the hard days.When you do have to take kids away from their parents.When plans change and fall over.When you do see kids...

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...

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...