Our Adoption Services

The first step towards being able to adopt from overseas is to be approved by the New Zealand Government. This involves adoptive parents having various checks, undertaking an education program and being assessed for suitability. Upon approval adoptive parents can then work with a Placement Agency to be matched with a child.

Adoption First steps is accredited by the Government to provide these initial education and assessment services for adoptions from Chile, India, Lithuania, Thailand and the Philippines. Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children also provides services to adopt from these countries as well as China.

We also help you consider the many emotional and practical aspects involved in inter-country adoption.

Free on-line Introductory Course

Our Free Introductory Course tells you more about the requirements, challenges and costs. It will help you decide whether you are ready and able to meet the unique needs of a child adopted from overseas as this is always the primary consideration.
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You can talk to us about any aspect of overseas adoption such as whether you may be eligible, the process, what countries you may be able to adopt from what to expect, costs etc. We can also help you meet other parents who have adopted from overseas. If you meet the initial criteria for inter-country adoption, we can then start the process.
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AFS Services

All Prospective Adoptive Parents must provide detailed personal information, have a medical assessment, provide character references and undergo a New Zealand and overseas Police Check as well as a Child Youth and Family (CYF) check. We provide the relevant forms and work with you to complete them before sending them to the New Zealand Government’s Central Authority (NZCA). The NZCA undertake the Police and CYF checks and review the medical assessment and references. If NZCA approve this Documentation Assessment it is valid for 2 years.