Adoption

We can ensure all stages of the adoption process run smoothly so you can concentrate on and enjoy your new family member.

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When adopting a child, legal formalities must be completed properly and in a timely manner. We can advise what is required to complete the adoption process and ensure all stages of the adoption process run smoothly.

We receive enquiries from blended families, where one party wishes to formalise their relationship with their new partner's child through adoption. We also advise on what alternative solutions, such as guardianship, may work best for you and the child.

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FAQ’s

  • What is the process with adopting a child?

    An application to adopt a child, whether the child was born in New Zealand or overseas, is made under the Adoption Act. Different processes are followed according to where the child was born. In New Zealand adoptions are overseen by Child Youth and Family who must approve the adoption and who match parents who wish to adopt with an available child. They should be your first point of reference. Adopting a child from overseas can be an extremely complex process. We recommend that you contact ICANZ which is a non-profit organisation providing support to New Zealand families and children from overseas orphanages.

  • How do I formalise a relationship with my new partner's child through adoption?

    Given that adoption involves the legal substitution of a child's existing parents with new parents this is not always the best solution. We can advise on what other solutions, including guardianship, may work best for you and the child.

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