Adoption Option

Why we place our babies for adoption

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Were any famous people adopted? What about New Zealanders?

Famous Adopted New Zealanders

Liam Messam

Liam is best known as a rugby player where he plays as a loose forward. He represented New Zealand Under 16, Schools and Under 19 and has played for the All Blacks. Liam made his debut in the New Zealand sevens team in 2002 at the age of 18, and was made captain in 2004 at the age of 20; he was New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year in 2004. In 2008 Liam made his debut for the All Blacks. Read more on Liam Messam's adoption story.

 Liam Messam's adoption story  © NZ RFU

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa is an internationally famous opera singer. In 1981, she was seen and heard around the world by an estimated 600 million people when she sang Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim" at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. Read more on Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's adoption story.

   Dame Kiri Te Kanawa adoption story

Learn about more adopted New Zealanders.

Other Famous Adopted People

There are many celebrities worldwide who were adopted. For find out more about some of them click here or here