Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Inter-country adoptions

If you wish to adopt a child overseas, comprehensive information is available on the Child, Youth and Family website.

Your nearest Adoption Information and Services Unit (AISU) of Child Youth and Family can assist you.

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

  • have access to enough money to cover emergencies
  • be aware that you are subject to the laws of the country you are in
  • be prepared for delays
  • register with us.

What Consular Officers can do

  • provide you with a list of lawyers
  • provide notarial assistance (certifying documents etc).

What Consular Officers cannot do

  • 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 the process, eg if there are delays.

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