Finding your birth child
If you’ve placed a child for adoption, you can ask the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, for help finding them.
How to do it
To find out about your birth child, contact the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. You need to call them and request a form called Section 8.
Freephone: 0508 326 459 (NZ only)
The form will ask for:
- your full name at the time the child was born, and, if you know them
- the birthmother's or birthfather's name
- the child’s birth date
- the child’s birth place, and
- the child’s birth name.
If you don’t have all of these details, just include as much as you can remember.
The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, will try to find your birth child and ask if they wish for their name and address to be given to you.
If your birth child is under 20 or they've asked to keep their information private you may not be able to get information about them.
Your birth child can put a veto on their birth registration. A veto means that information about them cannot be released to you. A veto lasts 10 years, but it can be renewed or removed anytime.
An adoption social worker will tell you if there’s a veto and check if there’s a letter of explanation or any other information available.
If you don’t want your name released
When your birth child turns 20 they can ask for information about their adoption.
If your birth child was adopted before 1 March 1986 you can ask for a veto on their pre-adoptive birth certificate. This means any information about you on the birth certificate cannot be released.
To do this, send a signed letter to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. In the letter you need to state:
- your full name at the time the child was born
- the child’s names (if known)
- date or year of birth (if known), and
- that you don't want information that could identify you released
- if you’d like counselling about your choice.
A veto lasts for 10 years but can be removed or renewed at any time.
If your birth child was adopted after 1 March 1986 you can’t ask for a veto.