Parents, guardians and caregivers
Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children
This web page has information about the adoption process.
Phone: 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)
The Family Court website includes information on the topics in this chapter.
Family Court fee waiver forms
These forms are available here:
Department of Internal Affairs
This DIA webpage has information on how to obtain original birth certificates for adopted children.
“What happens to your children when you part?” (pamphlet)
This New Zealand Law Society pamphlet covers guardianship, care of and contact with children, how disputes are resolved, and other child-focused issues. Access the pamphlet online or order hardcopies from the New Zealand Law Society.
Phone: (04) 472 7837
Phone: 0800 221 221
Inland Revenue’s Child Support webpage has a wide range of forms and guides for parents and caregivers.
Alternative dispute resolution
There are many kinds of “alternative dispute resolution” that, depending on your personal situation, may be cheaper and more successful than going to the Family Court. These include counselling, mediation and negotiation. You can find out more at the following websites:
Resolution Institute is a community of mediators, arbitrators, adjudicators, restorative justice practitioners and other DR professionals.
Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services
The ANZASCS website has information about organisations that are approved as providers of supervised contact services.