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‘Nobody’s child’ – despite a compelling case for reform, NZ’s adoption laws remain stuck in the past

09 August 2023

UC senior lecturer Dr Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll explains NZ’s adoption paradox and history of inaction, on The Conversation.

More than 100,000 adoption orders have been made since 1955, with a resulting stigma and secrecy that extend well beyond the adopted person. Some estimates suggest more than 2 million New Zealanders have a direct link to adoption in their extended family. Law reform cannot come soon enough for many of them.

Read the article by UC academic Dr Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll on The Conversation


Disclosure statement

Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll receives funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and has received funding from the Marsden fund for adoption/whāngai research. She is affiliated with the Crown Response Unit redress design work, responding to the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry, and has participated in adoption law reform processes as an adopted person.

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