Search results for parenting
Found in Family and whānau / Adoption and fostering / Finding your birth parents
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 the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.
Found in Family and whānau / Adoption and fostering / Placing a child for adoption
Adoptive parents can parent your baby if you're not able to.
Found in Family and whānau / Fertility issues and assisted reproduction / Finding a child or parent on the sperm and egg donor list
Details of sperm and egg donors, and children conceived from sperm or egg donation are kept on the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Register.
Found in Health / Free health services for children / 0800 933 922 PlunketLine
Phone to get advice about child health and parenting.
Found in Family and whānau / Having a baby / While you're pregnant
Choose a midwife and find out about paid parental leave, antenatal classes, health tests and parenting support.
Found in Family and whānau / Financial help for your family / Youth benefits
Payments for young people aged 16 or 17 who can't live with their parents, and for young parents aged 16 to 19.
Found in Family and whānau / Adoption and fostering / Whāngai
Whāngai is the Māori tradition of children being raised by someone other than their birth parents — usually a relative.
Found in Education / Special education / Help for children with behaviour problems
Programmes for schools, teachers and parents to help children with behaviour and learning problems.
Found in Family and whānau / Separating or getting divorced / Child support
Child support is paid by parents who don't live with their children, or who share care of their children with someone else.
Found in Passports, citizenship and identity / Changing your name / Changing your child's name
Usually, both parents need to agree to change a child's name, even if they're not together. Once your child is 16, you can't change your child's name without their consent.