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A New Zealand Intercountry Adoption Agency Accredited under the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997

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‘Compassion for Orphans’ is accredited by the Chilean Central Authority (under the 1993 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption) to intermediate adoptions from Chile.

This is an established and robust programme and several New Zealand couples have now successfully adopted from Chile.



‘Compassion for Orphans’ is enlisted by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) India to process intercountry adoption cases between New Zealand and India however we are currently not accepting applications for this programme. We are closely monitoring adoptions from India being conducted under new guidelines established by CARA prior to commencing this programme.



From a humanitarian perspective “Compassion for Orphans” has a particular interest in facilitating the placement of children who are considered difficult to place in a family due to health or other reasons. The Chilean Central Authority regularly sends information to “Compassion for Orphans” about specific children who no one has applied to adopt.

If applicants are interested in adopting these children, “Compassion for Orphans” will work closely with Child Youth and Family, the Chilean Central Authority and the applicants to adopt a specified child/ren. Applicants will need adequate preparation and additional assessment than otherwise required due to the special circumstances.

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'Special Needs Children - For Adoption'