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Introduction to the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997

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Author Debbie Wilson, Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury, has now completed her review and rewrite of the Adoption section of Child Law in Thomson Reuters’ Family Law product by adding an additional chapter entitled “Introduction to the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997”.

Last year, Professor Wilson, in readiness for any changes that might be made to the Adoption space in legislation, reviewed our large discursive chapter on the principles of adoption and re-arranged its presentation for customers by producing a copy of the Adoption Act 1955 with section-by-section commentary, a comprehensive introduction to the Adoption Act (“Adoption in New Zealand”) and now the package is complete with the “Introduction to the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997”.

It is no secret among those involved in family law that the Adoption Act 1955 has lost some connection with the ways of society now over the many years that have passed since its enacting in 1955 (69 years and counting). Therefore, much that is important in the managing of law in relation to it will not easily sit under the current sections of the 1955 Act or even the 1997 Act for Adoption (Intercountry) matters. Therefore, these two introductions are a very valuable adjunct to the commentary we have in the Adoption Act.

The topics for the “Introduction to the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997” include:

  • Preliminary materials
  • Categories of intercountry adoptions
  • Statistics on intercountry adoptions
  • Routes towards intercountry adoption
  • Identifying when the Hague Convention applies
  • Adoption from a country that is party to the Hague Convention
  • Adoption from a country that is not party to the Hague Convention

We are indebted to Professor Wilson for all the work she has put in to getting this section to where it is for our family law community.

Clare Barrett: Senior Legal Editor - Analytical Law
By Clare Barrett
Senior Legal Editor – Analytical Law

Clare Barrett is a Senior Legal Editor for the Analytical Law team in Thomson Reuters, and proudly responsible for the Family Law and the New Zealand Guide to Trusts/Working with Trusts products. Apart from a short spell with the Parliamentary Counsel Office, she has worked for over 20 years within the publishing side of Thomson Reuters in a number of different editorial and production roles.

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