Remember to check you meet the requirements for your country of choice before pre-registering.
There is no requirement for you to already have links to the culture of the country you wish to apply to, although for India it does give you an advantage. You do need to be able to help your child learn about their heritage, to integrate that with your family culture and you must respect their heritage. Take a look at resources that will help you to build your child's awareness of their heritage.
You'll need to attend an education course on adoption. This course starts with a short information session, covering fostering, long term guardianship ("Home for Life"), NZ adoption as well as intercountry adoption. You'll undergo police, medical and referee reports to check your legal eligibility and then attend 3 workshops, referred to as Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Be aware that there are two versions of Day 3 - one to prepare you to go into the pool for local "Home for Life" children and one to prepare you to adopt a child or children intercountry. Make sure you know which one you've chosen to attend.
These workshops are followed by social worker interviews to assess your suitability to become an adoptive parent. You need to tell the social worker that you wish to use ICANZ as your placement service to facilitate the adoption overseas.
A CYF social worker will then write a document called a "Homestudy Report".
For some countries you'll also need a report from a psychologist.
The CYF social worker will send your homestudy report to the New Zealand Central Authority for adoption (NZCA), for final approval to adopt a certain number of children, of particular age range, from a particular country.
The NZCA will then send your homestudy report and associated documents to ICANZ provided you've told the social worker you wish to use ICANZ. We'll then work on your behalf to prepare and application and make the arrangements that lead to you being offered a child to adopt into your family (see below).
ICANZ (that's us - Inter-Country Adoption New Zealand) is a placement organisation, with the authority to arrange the placement (custody, guardianship or adoption) of a child from overseas into your home. We'll do the paperwork, apply on your behalf to the overseas authorities, and make all the arrangements needed. The NZCA will approve the specific child for you. ICANZ can assist you to adopt a child from countries listed on this website.
For a few countries, CYF can act as a placement organisation as well as the assessment/approval organisation. Talk to CYF about their placement services.
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