Adoption Law Reform: Second round of engagement in 2022

On 20 June 2022, the Government asked the public’s views on the options for reform. As part of this engagement, the Ministry of Justice meet with a range of individuals and communities both face-to-face and online.

The second round of engagement closed on 7 August. We’ll use your feedback to inform the development of final policy proposals for adoption law reform. This may include refining, changing or adding to the options set out in the discussion document.

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Options for reform

The options for reform the Government is considering would create a new adoption system that:

  • has a child-centred purpose of adoption
  • ensures legal connections to adoptive and birth family and whānau
  • supports meaningful participation of children and birth family and whānau
  • supports post-adoption contact to keep children connected to their birth family and whānau
  • creates automatic access to information on original birth record, with counselling available if requested
  • supports the adopted person to be connected to their birth culture.

Read more about the options for reform in the discussion document below.

Discussion document

The discussion document outlines some options for creating a new adoption system:

English:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 1.8 MB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 544 KB] 

Te Rēo Māori:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 519 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 573 KB] 

Gagana Sāmoa:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 535 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 513 KB] 

Lea Faka-Tonga:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 548 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 576 KB] 

Traditional Chinese:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 1.2 MB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 750 KB] 

Simplified Chinese:

Read the Discussion Document [PDF, 714 KB] 

View the Discussion Document Diagrams [PDF, 845 KB] 

Summary document

Read the Summary Document  [PDF, 272 KB] – English

Read the Summary Document – Large Print (available shortly)

Listen [MP3, 14 MB] to the Summary Document

Easy read of the Summary Document Part 1 [PDF, 3.3 MB]

Easy read of the Summary Document Part 1 [DOCX, 8.1 MB]

Easy read of the Summary Document Part 2 [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Easy read of the Summary Document Part 2 [DOCX, 6.7 MB]

A braille version of the Summary Document is available upon request. Please email adoptionlaw@justice.govt.nz for a braille copy.

Video series of the Summary Document with New Zealand Sign Language

View the full video series of the Summary Document with NZSL on YouTube. (external link)

Related links

Key Initiatives - Adoption Law Reform page

Adoption Law Reform: First round of engagement in 2021

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