If the Family Court makes a Care or Protection Order, the Oranga Tamariki social worker must give the court a report and a plan for the child. Oranga Tamariki regularly updates the plan. The people involved usually get a chance to tell the Family Court if they agree or don’t agree with the plan.
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The care or protection plan provided by Oranga Tamariki includes things like:
Where there's no likely possibility of the child returning home, the plan would be different. See ss 130(2) and (3) Oranga Tamariki Act(external link)
The Family Court will review the plan:
At each review, Oranga Tamariki will file an updated plan and a report that tells the Family Court what's happened since the last report and the plan for the next period.
The Family Court may ask for more information.
The Family Court usually gives the people involved a copy of the plan and any other documents filed at the review. The Family Court will tell you what you need to do if you agree with the plan or if you don’t agree with the plan. You don't need to pay any fees to do this.
When Oranga Tamariki or the Police apply for a Care or ProtectionOorder, you have a chance to respond. If you don’t respond to the application, the judge can make an order without hearing what you think. You usually have 7 days to respond. The Family Court will tell you if you have less time.
If you decide to respond and argue against the application (called defending the application), you’ll need to fill in the forms, file them with the court and then serve them on (give them to) the other people involved in the court case, including the lawyer for the child.
It’s free to defend the application.
Where to get help to respond to the application
If you need help to fill in the forms, you can:
It's important that you stay in touch with the social worker at Oranga Tamariki. When you get the application documents, look for the information sheet at the back, which will have the contact details for the social worker for your child’s case.
If the court has placed your child in the care of Oranga Tamariki, the social worker will talk with you about contact with your child while the case is going through the Family Court.