My son ******* ***** ****** is in Auckland since February 2017. He went accross with his maternal mother, half sister,

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Customer: My son ******* ***** ****** is in Auckland since February 2017. He went accross with his maternal mother, half sister, half brother, step brother and step sister and step dad.

JA: What state are your son and the half-brother in? It matters because laws vary by location.

Customer: Auckland. He is suppose to live with his maternal mother in North Island. He has been missing for a few weeks and his mother and stepfather does not want to take him back into their home. Jarred made it himself clear that he does not want to live there and his mother and step father refuse to take him back. We do not have contact with him and are quite worried. I signed guardianship over to Cindy-Leigh Fourie to enbable him a better future than what he might have here in South Africa. He has been in trouble with shop fitting, and altercations with the police, but we are always notified months later. The mother wants to return him back to South Africa without my consent or my parents consent. She brought him to SA in Oct 2019 without a passport and left him with me. We get the idea that they want to leave him permanently here. We managed to get his passport eventually and he returned to NZ as that was his wish. We borrowed money to purchase him a ticket, which we are paying off with his maintenance money.In the interim the branch I worked for has closed down end of March 2020. I still run the website for the main branch, but at a third of my salary, I am also separated from my current wife and got two daughters to care for as well. At the moment we think he is in need of attention as his school report showed out ( at Long Bay Beach that he attended zoom sessions but has not handed in any assignments. We believe he does what he wants and nobody checks up on him. He might have the wrong friends... We would appreciate if you could check up where he stays as we are quite worried.

JA: What steps have you taken so far?

Customer: We tried to get hold of him as he is on Instagram. We just got message to say he is safe.His mother purchased a one way ticket to SA for the 24th October 2020, but I am in no way able to take care of him under the current circumstances. My parents run a retail store seven days a week, which also makes it challenging.

JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?

Customer: We just would like to know, what right has the mother got that has guardianship, to sent our son without my consent to SA?

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How old is the boy? This may be an issue for the child welfare agency here, Oranga Tamariki if he is still a minor
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14 years old
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You do need to discuss this with Oranga Tamariki if you are concerned about his welfare and they may decide he should be fostered out to a family in New Zealand rather than sending him back
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Mother and stepfather does not allow the welfare to visit their work places or speak to their other children. If you have nothing to hide - why this response. He is a troubled teenager. Mother brought him to SA in Oct 2019 with just his suitcase - no passport and a promise she will buy him a ticket at the end of Jan 2020.How to I get hold of welfare in Oranga Tamariki?
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I, the grandmother eventually got the passport, visa and consent sent up to SA as he wanted to go back to NZ.
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This is the contact from their websiteIf you're worried about a child and want to make a referral or report of concern, call us on freephone:0508 326 459or email***@******.***Get in touch if you think a child or young person may be:unsafe or in danger of harm
suffering from ill-treatment, abuse or neglect
or you’re not sure if you should be concerned, and want advice, or just to talk things through.
A social worker will work out how urgent this is, and the best thing to do next.
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Thank You Most appreciated!
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It’s difficult when you are so far apart I know
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