Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Inter-country adoptions

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If you wish to adopt a child overseas, comprehensive information is available on the Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children website.

Inter-country adoptions take time and money. If you are overseas for the purpose of an inter-country adoption you should:

  • be aware that you are subject to the laws of the country you are in
  • have access to enough money and ensure that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy
  • register your travel details on SafeTravel.

Consular Officers can provide New Zealanders travelling on a New Zealand Passport with:

  • a list of English speaking lawyers
  • notarial assistance including certifying true copies of documents or witnessing signatures (fees may apply).

Consular Officers cannot:

  • become involved in the adoption process, for example, by certifying that you are of good character
  • provide advice on the adoption process either in New Zealand or overseas
  • speed up any adoption process.

 

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