Re Toleafoa [2020] NZFC 2123

Published 03 September 2020

Adoption — fit and proper persons — open adoption — welfare and best interests of child — name change — Adoption Act 1955, ss 10 & 11. A married couple applied to adopt a child. The child's birth parents were present at the hearing and consented to the adoption, believing it was best for the child. The applicants were fit and proper persons to raise the child and so a final adoption order was made. The child's name was also changed. Judgment Date: 18 March 2020. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *