In Re Rahal [2017] NZFC 2152

Published 19 September 2017

Application for adoption — refugees — Iraq — Adoption Act 1955. The applicants sought to adopt the 17 year old brother of the first applicant who was living in Iraq. The court took into consideration the relationship between the applicants and the child, the level of support provided by the applicants, the situation in Iraq and the views of the child about whom the application was made. The court found that the applicants were fit and proper people to have custody, that the welfare and interests of the child would be promoted by the adoption, that sufficient enquiries were made, especially given the climate in Iraq, and the applicants were granted an interim adoption order. Judgment Date: 13 March 2017. * * * Note: Names have been changed to comply with legal requirements * * *