Fiona Gardenier

by Sam Everingham

Posted on 2021-12-10 at 05:22:24

Fiona is a registered social worker and has worked in the United Kingdom, Guernsey and New Zealand.  Her field of expertise is adoption work and she has over 20 years of knowledge working in this field as a social worker, supervisor and now as a senior advisor in the Intercountry Adoption Team, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children.   For the past four years, Fiona has been the Ministry’s co-ordinator for international surrogacy and is the initial contact person for intending parents.  Throughout her career, Fiona has witnessed the lifelong importance of a person knowing their story and where they come from. (their whakapapa).


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