You can apply to adopt a baby in New Zealand as a couple or as an individual. The application process can take a year or more, and getting accepted doesn't necessarily mean you'll receive a baby.
Adoptive parents can parent your baby if you're not able to.
Whāngai is the Māori tradition of children being raised by someone other than their birth parents — usually a relative.
If you were born in NZ and you're adopted, once you turn 20 you can request your original birth certificate, and any information about your adoption records held by Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children.
If you’ve placed a child for adoption, you can ask Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children for help finding them.
Foster caregivers look after children in many ways, from short-term or emergency foster care, to long-term or permanent arrangements.
We’ll only use this to reply to your message if we need to.
The Govt.nz privacy statement explains how and when we collect personal information.
Page last updated: 27 April 2017
Crown Copyright 2018
Unless indicated otherwise, all content on Govt.nz is licensed for re-use under a Creative
Commons 4.0 International Licence