New Zealand ADOPTION-GENEALOGY
The operation of privacy legislation restricts the availability of information to only the birth parents and the child his or herself.
1. - Where adoptions introduced in New Zealand Adoptions were made in a Court since 1882. However there was no requirement to notify Births, Deaths and Marriages to endorse the original birth registration or create a new entry with the adoptive details until 1916. Birth records that related to adoptions made prior to 1916 where not updated until the 1980's. It is impossible to detect information through the indexes to birth registrations. The original certificate is endorsed "adopted".
2. - All records relating to entry that are endorsed with an adoption endorsement are closed for all access requests, unless the following:
... a The adopted person (only) can apply under the Adult Adoption Information Act 1985 for a copy of the pre adoptive birth certificate if they are 20 years or older. Please note that the birth parents, adoptive parents cannot obtain a copy of the pre adoptive birth record.
... b The birth parents can make an application to Adoption Services, Child Youth and Family for information relating to the new names of the child after adoption.
... c There is provision to apply for a photocopy of a pre adoptive birth registration under Section 76(3) of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1995 for someone else e.g uncle, mother. However all parties to the adoption must be deceased, the adoptive person, birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s) or 120 years have passed since the birth of the adoptive person.
FINDING YOUR BIRTH FAMILY
- People involved in an adoption may feel more complete when they know about their origins and their birth family. This is often true of both adopted people and their birth parents. By law, you have the right to information about your adoption when you turn 20. THIS ABOVE LINK HAS:
• Finding your birthparents
• Vetoes on information
• Finding your birth child
• If your birth child is younger than 20
• If you don't want your name to be released
• If you are a birth father
ACCESS TO ADOPTION INFORMATION
Legislation bearing upon access to adoption information includes:
• Adoption Act 1955
• Archives Act 1957
• Official Information Act 1982
• Adult Adoption Information Act 1985
• Privacy Act 1993
• Birth, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995
• Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997
TRACING BIRTH RELATIVES
• The Adoption Search and Reunion Website
• The Adoption Contact Register
ADULT ADOPTION INFORMATION for New Zealand
from the Karori Medical Centre Limited
• If you are an adopted adult, or the birth parent of an adopted child, the Adult Information Act 1985 gives you the right to information about the adoption. The Act recognises that people in the adoption process may feel more complete when they have knowledge of their origins and each other.
• The Act also gives you the right to maintain your privacy. You can choose how much information other people will be able to obtain about you
NZ-ADOPTION-GENEALOGY is a mailing list for New Zealanders who have adoption questions related to their family research. You can subscribe (I searched the site without subscribing)
You can search the archives for a specific message or browse them, going from one message to another
• you can SEARCH the NZ Adoption-Genealogy Archives by Keyword, using their search engine or advanced search eg:
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• you can BROWSE the NZ Adoption-Genealogy Archives by date, eg:
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