The New Zealand Open Adoption Network (OPAN) are families supporting openness in adoption in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

OPAN was established as a charitable trust in 1994 to support families experiencing open adoption.

We include:
  • adopted people
  • adoptive parents
  • birth parents
  • extended adoptive and birth families
  • prospective adoptive parents
  • adoption professionals

Families share their open adoption experiences with each other, so that as a group they can learn, grow, develop and provide support.

OPAN also works to raise awareness of open adoption in New Zealand, and helps provide birth parents with information so that they can make an informed decision about options available to them.

We offer:

  • Contact with other families experiencing open adoption. OPAN believes that through sharing each others stories and experiences, families can help and support each other.

  • Newsletters full of useful information, events, stories and updates about adoption in New Zealand.

  • Support groups for all people involved in open adoption including birth parents, adoptive families, and the adopted child.

  • Coffee groups and social events so that both parents and children can socialise with others in a similar situation.

  • Guest speakers, workshops, and education seminars covering topics specific to families experiencing open adoption.

  • An extensive library of books and resources about open adoption.

OPAN is not an adoption agency or counselling service, however we can put you in touch with people in these areas. Click here for a list of useful websites offering additional support in the area of adoption and related issues.

How is OPAN funded?

OPAN is a not for profit organisation and is funded by donations, fundraising, and member subscriptions.
At the time of writing, annual membership is free, although a return to an annual subscription may occur at some stage in the future.

How can you access our help?

You can access information about open adoption directly from this website (under development), or you can contact us by phoning 09 3030300 or emailing us on OPAN.NZ@gmail.com.

To join OPAN ...

Anyone can join OPAN!

All we need are your contact details so we can tell you about upcoming events and news items. All information is confidential.
Please complete the attached membership form and post to OPAN, PO Box 91756, Auckland, New Zealand, or send your contact details to OPAN.NZ@gmail.com.

Please note - no member subscription is required.


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Apr 2, 2009, 1:45 AM