On 18 June 2021, the Government asked the public about their views on our adoption laws. A discussion document was released covering six key issue areas, including what adoption is and who is involved, cultural aspects of adoption (including whāngai), how the adoption process works in Aotearoa New Zealand, the impacts of adoption and the adoption process where a child is born by surrogacy.
That public consultation closed on 31 August. More than 270 submissions were received, which have helped to shape the options for creating a new adoption system that the Government is now considering.
You can read about what was heard during the first round of engagement in the summary of feedback document and the Targeted Engagement: Adoption law reform report.
Summary of feedback document
Targeted Engagement: Adoption law reform report
You can read more about Aotearoa New Zealand’s current adoption laws in last year’s discussion document or summary document on the links below. The 2021 summary document is translated into seven languages, and accessible formats including Easy Read.
Easy Read information uses words and pictures to present information in a way that is easier to understand.
Easy Read information has been developed to support people with learning disabilities better understand written information.
People who find Easy Read information useful include some people who:
This is an Easy Read translation of the summary document. It covers some of the main issues in the summary document, but not all of them.
New Zealand Sign Language video series about adoption