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​​​​1.6.0 Dual Applications


Previously adoptive applicants have been unable to be concurrently in the local pool waiting to be selected for a New Zealand child and have a Home Study lodged in an overseas country.  This has now changed (this is country specific so check with your social worker). NOTE: Chile allows dual applications.

NOTE: When applicants accept a child, the application lodged by the other route is withdrawn. When their proposed placement finalises, applicants may consider making a new application.

The process for applicants to follow:
  • Applicants who have already been assessed for either local or intercountry adoption should read section (A). 

  • Applicants awaiting assessment currently should read section (B).  

A)        Assessed applicants wishing to change to dual applications:

The first step is for applicants wishing to change to adopting from New Zealand and from overseas is to contact your social worker to indicate that you may be interested in submitting a second application.  This expression of interest is simply to indicate that it may be a possibility for your family.  If you are not interested, you do not need to do anything.  

The second, and most important step, will be for your family to reflect in depth on whether applying locally and overseas is right for you.  Discussions with your social worker are a key element in this process. Depending on the level of interest in your area, exploration with your social worker around choosing the dual applications route may be offered individually or as a group.

NZ applicants wishing to make a dual intercountry application will need to attend a Day 3 of the Education and Preparation Programme, if they have not already done so.  It may be possible for Adoption Services to arrange for you to travel out of district to do this.   

When you have decided you definitely wish to pursue dual applications, your social worker will need to revisit your earlier assessment with the new child characteristics in mind.  The social worker will be interested in the consideration you have given your decision.  

Once you have received a positive assessment, conveyed to you in a decision letter, you will then be able to create a profile or the Social Worker will write the Home Study Assessment Report and collect the additional intercountry documents when required.

B)        Applicants awaiting assessment:

The first step is for you to contact your social worker if you are interested in adopting from NZ and from overseas.  This is simply to indicate that it may be a possibility for your family.  If you are not interested, you do not need to do anything. Your application and the assessment process will continue uninterrupted.

The second, and most important step, will be for your family to reflect in depth on whether applying locally and overseas is right for you.  Discussions with your social worker are a key element in this process.  

If you have not already done so you will need to attend a Day 3 of the Education and Preparation Programme.  

When you have decided you wish to pursue dual applications, the social worker will assess your ability to meet the different needs of an overseas or a NZ child.  The social worker will be interested in the consideration you have given your decision.

Once you have received a positive assessment, conveyed to you in a decision letter, you will then be able to create a profile and the Social Worker will write the home study assessment report and collect the additional intercountry documents when required.​​