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Adoption

Who can be adopted

Adoption Act 1955, ss 2, 31

Any person under the age of 20 may be adopted. They do not have to be living in New Zealand.

When a person is about to turn 20 and an application to adopt them is made before they turn 20, the court can consider special circumstances and grant the order after they have turned 20.

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