If you're new to international adoption, you'll have lots of questions - What's the process? Who/What is ICANZ? NZCA? OT? AFS? What services do each provide? What countries can I adopt from? Where do I start? We're here to help and have provided a lot of answers on this website.
Adoption Process-Summary- this page gives a general outline of the steps you'll need to take to adopt a child internationally and which organisations provide the services along the way.
Requirements - this page sums up the key differences in requirements for each country ICANZ works with. This is a good place to check which countries you're eligible for. For more detail, go directly to the individual country programmes.
Country Programmes - These pages give more information on each individual country's requirements, the characteristics of children who are in need of a family and the process.
So where do I start?
First, read the summary of the process so you know what we mean by Assessment and Home Study agency, Placement agency, Central Authority and the general process.
Then, check you meet the specific country requirements on our website for one or more of our country programmes.
Thirdly, contact one of the two Assessment (Home Study) agencies, either AFS, or Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children (formerly CYF, sometimes referred to as OT) to start the education/preparation, assessment, approval and home study report process. Tell your assessment Agency that you intend to use ICANZ as your placement agency after you are approved as an adoptive parent. The Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children) preparation process includes a focus on fostering or shared guardianship of New Zealand children. If you are considering this, then this route may be a better option for you. AFS focuses solely on preparing you for intercountry adoption, so may suit you if you know this is the path you wish to take, especially if timeframes are of a concern for you.