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1. Check ICANZ Country Programme Requirements
Check you meet the requirements for your country of choice. Call or email us with your questions and for fuller information including costs These vary for each country.
2. Education, Assessment/Approval to be an adoptive parent, Home Study Report - Either AFS or OT, with NZCA approval
This is the first step towards intercountry adoption. For this step, you have a choice of using either the New Zealand Government Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children (OT, formerly CYF); or, an accredited non-government organisation called Adoption First Steps (AFS) ICANZ is not an Assessment Service and does not carry out this step.
Whichever organisation you use, this steps involves
1. police, medical and referee reports to check your legal eligibility
2. an education/preparation course on adoption
3. social worker visits to your home for interviews to assess your suitability to become an adoptive parent
4. the social worker's report called a Home Study Report
5. review of the Home Study Report by the NZCA (New Zealand Central Authority) and issue of an approval certificate to adopt a certain number of children, of a particular age range, from one specified country.
If you use Oranga Tamariki, their education course, called "Ways to Care", starts with a short information session, covering fostering, long term shared guardianship ("Home for Life"), NZ adoption, plus inter-country adoption. You 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.
If you use AFS, their course involves online education that you can complete at home in your own time, followed by a workshop run by AFS.For some countries you'll also need a report from a psychologist.
The NZCA will send your Home Study Report to ICANZ provided you've told the AFS or OT social worker you wish to use ICANZ. We'll then work on your behalf to prepare an application and make the arrangements that lead to you being offered a child to adopt into your family (see below).
3. Placement of a child in your home - ICANZ, with NZCA approval