LDS Family Services provides professional adoption services to qualified Latter-day Saint families. These services are offered in compliance with NZ Adoption Act (1955). Families interested in adoption will be made aware of all resources available to them. The goal of LDS Family Services is to ensure a successful adoption with full protection of all parties involved and then sealed in the temple for time and all eternity.
Expectant Parent Services
Individuals who are single, unmarried and pregnant can be assisted through this service. Available help includes counselling, education, advice, placement of the child (if desired), and above all, friendship and understanding from professional and volunteer staff. These services are offered with strict confidentiality and referrals are accepted from any source.
At the request of local leaders, LDS Family Services provides professional therapy to individuals and families or refers them to a Community Resource. These services are in keeping with LDS Church Welfare Services principles of emotional and spiritual self reliance.
In co-operation with ecclesiastical leaders, the LDS Family Services staff will help explore the cause and possible solutions of social or emotional problems of individuals and families, providing treatment alternatives or referrals where appropriate.
If a person is deemed "High Risk" in that they are an immediate danger to themselves or others please seek help through emergency services, the Mental Health Crisis Service whose number will be found in the Emergency section of your phone book or dial 111.
Severe Mental Health Issues
If a person is acutely unwell and seems to be experiencing severe mental health issues, then you are invited to phone your local GP or the following links:
0800 111 777 LifeLine provides free, professional and confidential telephone counselling services and professional "Face to Face" counselling (by appointment) with payment on a sliding scale. They are available 24 hours, 365 days a year .
0800 611 116 Healthline is a free telephone health information service for all the family.