Our Adoption Lawyers are experts in New Zealand Adoption Law. We can assist with adoptions within New Zealand. (We cannot assist with international adoptions)
Adoption is when one or more biological parents give up there parental rights for a child under the age of 18 and someone else becomes their legal parent. There are several types of adoption in New Zealand – children can be adopted by extended family members, step parents, same-sex parents or strangers.
We also regularly help same sex (Gay / Lesbian) couples with adoption. We can assist same sex couples with joint adoption, or when one partner is the biological parent and the non-biological parent wishes to be the child’s legal parent.
Adults wishing to adopt in New Zealand must be approved as adoptive parents by Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children. For international adoptions, where the child is born overseas but will be resident in New Zealand, adoptive parents must be approved by the New Zealand Central Authority for Adoption (“NZCA”), which is a department of Oranga Tamariki.
Our adoption lawyers can assist you with:
- Adoptions by extended family
- Adoptions by same-sex couples
- Adoptions within New Zealand