Whāngai

Whāngai is the Māori tradition of someone other than the birth parents raising tamariki. Typically, this is a relative, either their whānau or extended family. This arrangement is informal and can be short-term, long-term or permanent.

A whāngai placement is coordinated directly between the birth parents and the mātua whāngai (the family who will raise the child).

Adopting and Fostering: Whāngai

Ministry of Health

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust

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Provides support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis.

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