EO v Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development [2016] NZFC 2863

Published 01 August 2016

Access order — Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989, s 121, A v Ministry of Social Development [2009] NZFLR 625. The mother’s application for increased access was granted, with supervised contact to occur once per calendar month for two hours. As the Ministry was considering a Home for Life approach for the child, the Judge referred to case law which stated that: “Access when there has been such a permanent placement is not given for the purposes of allowing a biological parent to develop a relationship in a way which will ultimately lead to a young child being returned to that biological parent.” **Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements.