ICANZ began in the late 1980s in response to the needs of children in overseas orphanages and to help parents navigate the complexities of international adoptions. In 1989 concerned New Zealanders became aware of the desperate plight of children in Romanian orphanages, adopting over one hundred and fifty Romanian children in 1990 and 1991. Since then, ICANZ has helped hundreds of children from Russian orphanages find families in New Zealand. More recently we've been helping New Zealanders parent children from orphanages in other countries - Thailand (2005), Lithuania (2006) the Philippines and India (2007).
The ICANZ Team at work with people from the Philippines, India, Thailand, Russia and at the Hague Meeting.
We're a small registered not-for-profit organisation committed to personalized support to New Zealand families and their children from overseas orphanages. We are overseen by a Board of Trustees that includes people with legal, accounting, social work, public relations and management skills, as well as personal experience with adoptions. We're audited annually, operate on a minimal budget and ask for fees calculated only on a cost-recovery basis.
We are accredited as a child placement service, by the New Zealand "Central Authority for Adoptions", which is the Ministry for Vulnerable Children (formerly CYF)
We believe in and adhere to the principles of the Hague Convention on International Adoption which is an international agreement to which New Zealand has acceded. This Hague Convention establishes standards and procedures to protect children, birth parents and adoptive parents involved in international adoptions. It is implemented through the New Zealand Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997.
We adhere to the Standards of Practice of the Asia Pacific International Adoption Forum (APIAF).