Adoption Act 1955

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Reprint as at 1 April 2015

Adoption Act 1955

Public Act1955 No 93
Date of assent27 October 1955
Commencement27 October 1955


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.



1 Short Title

2 Interpretation

Making of adoption orders

3 Power to make adoption orders

4 Restrictions on making adoption orders

5 Interim orders to be made in first instance

6 Restrictions on placing or keeping a child in a home for adoption

7 Consents to adoptions

8 Cases where consent may be dispensed with

9 Withdrawal of consents

10 Social worker to report

11 Restrictions on making of orders in respect of adoption

12 Revocation of interim order

13 Issue of adoption order where an interim order has been made

13A Appeal against refusal to make interim order or adoption order

14 Date on which adoption order becomes effective

Effect of interim orders and adoption orders

15 Effect of interim order

16 Effect of adoption order

17 Effect of overseas adoption

Maori adoptions

18 Application of Act to Maoris

19 Adoptions according to Maori custom not operative


20 Adoption order may be varied or discharged

21 Court to which application for adoption order shall be made [Repealed]

22 Attendance at hearings

22A Publication of reports of proceedings

23 Inspection of adoption records

23A Report on application for inspection

24 Evidence in adoption cases [Repealed]

25 Prohibition of payments in consideration of adoption

26 Restriction upon advertisements

27 Offences

27A Offence to induce consent

27B Safety of child where offence committed

27C Extraterritorial jurisdiction in respect of offence under section 27A as required by Optional Protocol

27D Attorney-General's consent required where jurisdiction claimed under section 27C

28 Regulations

28A Rules

29 Consequential amendments

30 Repeals and savings

Schedule 1
Consequential amendments

Schedule 2
Enactments repealed

Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend certain enactments of the Parliament of New Zealand relating to the adoption of children

  • Title: amended, on 1 January 1987, pursuant to section 29(2) of the Constitution Act 1986 (1986 No 114).