Adoption applications granted in New Zealand

By gender of the child, year ended June 2010–2019, number of children


Year is the financial year the adoption application was granted. This may not be the same year the application was filed.
Each adoption application represents one child.
Age is the age of the child when the application was filed.


Justice service area: Justice service areas are geographical groupings of individual court locations for administrative purposes. Prior to June 2017 a different administrative grouping, called service delivery areas, was used.
The court location is the location of the court where the application was filed or granted (eg Wellington District Court is recorded as Wellington).

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Limitations of the data

A small number of records in the Ministry of Justice database are missing some details.

Changes to data collection/processing

From 29 April 2016, the Ministry of Justice sources courts data from the new Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), rather than the justice sector data warehouse (ISIS) used over recent years. Changes in data processing may cause small differences if compared current output with similar results produced before 29 April 2016.

Data provided by

Ministry of Justice

Dataset name

Justice Statistics: Children adopted 2019


How to find the data

At URL provided, download 'View or download the children adopted data tables' file.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Justice Statistics: Children adopted 2019

From the dataset Justice Statistics: Children adopted 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 3.Gender & age of children
  • Range: B10:U18
  • Provided: 140 data points

This data forms the table Justice - Adoption applications granted, by gender and age of child 2010–2019.

About this dataset

Adoption information data includes the number of applications filed and granted, court locations, and the age and gender of children adopted.

Method of collection/Data provider

Adoption application data is extracted from a live data warehouse that is used for operational purposes. This means that data will be updated through late data entry and active applications progressing through the court process. Therefore, this data may differ to data reported elsewhere with a different extraction date.