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A New Zealand Intercountry Adoption Agency Accredited under the Adoption (Intercountry) Act 1997

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“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” James 1:27 NKJV


The bible verse above has inspired us to establish our organisation to help legally adoptable orphans be united with loving New Zealand families willing to raise, protect and nurture them – where the adoption is in the best interests of the child.


To this end, Compassion for Orphans was established in 2003 and became a New Zealand accredited intercountry adoption placement agency in 2004. We have a fully functioning approved programme with Chile (having been accredited by the Chilean Government in 2006). A number of children have been adopted into New Zealand since the programme was established.


The Chilean Government is inviting applications for further adoptions, therefore if you are interested in adopting from Chile, please contact us. You can check your eligibility by following this eligibility requirements link .