Can you be the special family for an orphaned or abandoned child?

Around the world, many children are growing up without families to love and nurture them. Meanwhile many families are longing for a child, with love to give. For more than 30 years ICANZ (Inter-Country Adoption New Zealand) has worked to bring you together through intercountry adoption.
Adopting a child into your family is one way to bring hope to children who are without a parent's care, living in orphanages overseas.
We've  been around a long time; since 1989. That means we've developed the kind of experience and problem-solving skills that are essential in navigating the complex world of intercountry adoption today. We have helped place over 1,000 orphaned or abandoned children in approved homes throughout New Zealand.  
Adoption is life-long; we continue to help adopted adults and their families long after the adoption is finished. 
If you're not seeking to adopt but would love to help children find families in New Zealand, we'd value your donation to help us with our work.

An adoption story: Ukraine to Russia to NZ

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Alexei was born in Ukraine, placed into an orphanage at 3 years of age in Pskov, Russia to then being adopted into New Zealand at 8 years of age.

Doctors here suggested that Alexei would most likely be unable to reach the age of 17 as it was too late by then to fix his holes in the heart. They are quite amazed that his heart has been fighting for this long!  He spends a lot of time in hospital and is on so many medications, he jokes that he rattles when he moves! 

Alexei has over time donated to the Heart Foundation, Starship and The Cancer Society to support others in need. He is down to earth and goes out of his way to help others. 

He is in touch online with birth family in Ukraine, who now have escaped the war to Poland.


Adopt - Thailand

Thailand is known as the land of smiles, elephants and Buddhism. ICANZ works to find New Zealand families for children aged 1-10, in orphanage care.

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Adopt - Philippines

The Philippines is a tropical country of 7,107 islands. ICANZ helps New Zealanders adopt children 1-11+ who live in orphanages, without parental care.

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Adopt - India

In the midst of amazing wonders of India many children experience great need. ICANZ helps New Zealanders adopt children from 1-10+ years.

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Adopt - Lithuania

Lithuania is a small European country. ICANZ helps New Zealanders to adopt children aged 5-11 from orphanages here, including family groups of siblings.

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Adoption is a life-long journey

View our links and members only pages for adoptees and adoptive families

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