Intercountry Adoption

  • Recognising that intercountry adoption may offer the advantage of a permanent family to a child for whom a suitable family cannot be found in his or her State of origin,
  • Convinced of the necessity to take measures to ensure that intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the child .

About the Asia Pacific International Adoption Forum

APIAF is an umbrella association for non-government organisations in the Asia-South West Pacific Region involved in international adoption.

Objectives   Standards of Practice
Asia Pacific International Adoption Forum is an umbrella Association for non government organizations in the Asia-South West Pacific Region involved in inter-country adoption.

For many years non-government organizations involved with adoption in Australia, New Zealand and nearby countries have communicated through informal networks to discuss topics of common interest. In 2005 it was proposed that this cooperation be formalized into an Association that would facilitate networking between our organizations, promote high standards of practice in adoption, and act as a representative body at in international level.  The outcome was this Association, called the Asia Pacific International Forum (APIAF).

Individuals who have a specific interest in adoption, including health professionals, child welfare specialists, may also apply to join the Forum at the discretion of the Council.

Asia Pacific International Adoption Forum advocates on behalf of children in need of permanent families and promotes ethical practices in inter-country adoption.   


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Discussion Forum:

APIAF, PO Box 62-660, Greenlane, Auckland 1546, New Zealand

Telephone:+64 9 623 9369