Auckland News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) and phew hasn’t it been warm!

Auckland RC
Anna Gundesen
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

I sincerely hope you all had a chance to enjoy the school holidays. I certainly enjoyed mine shared with whanau from near and far and dear friends. Not having the pressure of getting off to school each day lessens the stress in our family, so we enjoyed fewer meltdowns and more spontaneous play and chilled times too. I understand this is not the case for many families who’s tamariki struggle with the lack of structure that school holidays can bring.

Children’s Day: Sunday 1st March 2020

Children’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of March so this year it is 1st March. See the link below of events organised in our region. This will keep getting updated as events are registered, so keep checking closer to beginning of March too.

Foster Care Awareness Week: 1st – 7th March 2020

Foster Care Awareness Week is on the first week of March, so again keep an eye on Facebook for any announcement of upcoming event/s to celebrate foster caregivers both whanau and non-kin. Last year I worked with Phil Lemalu at Youth Horizons and we hosted a DESSERT EVENING! This was very yummy, we’ll do that again. I like the idea of a PAMPER DAY too, so I am in the planning stages, I’ll keep you posted.

Last year I secured FREE tickets to the KUMEU SHOW. This year the dates are:  Saturday 14 March – Sunday 15 March, 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Keep an eye out for the email offering this again. Please be sure the dates are clear on the family calendar before you request them as we had requested tickets unused last year with a waiting list.

Excellence in Foster Care Awards: Friday 6th March 2020

To round out Foster Care Awareness Week, we will be celebrating the winners of the Excellence in Foster Care Awards! This year it will be held in Wellington. We look forward to celebrating with one recipient from the Auckland Region and two from the Auckland South / Waikato Region. These amazing recipients will be announced closer to the date.

One-off School Start Up Fund

School and year start up fund applications are open until the 28th February for those receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or the Orphans’ Benefit. Make sure you apply for this one-off grant of between $400 – $550 (depending on the child’s age). Click on button below to find out more.

Self-care

Self-care is important at any time of the year. Often the transition back into the school term is a challenging time for us as our tamariki adapt back into routines. Their internal fears of new teachers, new classrooms, new friends and new expectations can create turmoil that is expressed through behaviour. Acceptance and empathetic environments are the most effective ways to a stress-free beginning to the school day. Parenting tamariki with special needs, developmental trauma and/ or challenging behaviour is undeniably stressful. If you get a chance to read our article, then please take it. If you don’t get a chance, try and create an opportunity to do so as sometimes we just have to stop, make a cuppa and do something for ourselves.

Support Groups

Keep an eye out for the support groups in your area and be sure to let me know if you would like to set one up. I am very happy to support, give ideas or attend if you’d like.

West Auckland Assoc Support Group
Email Yasser for dates and venue on waucklandfostercareassociation@nullgmail.com

FASD Support Group
This group meet on the second Tuesday of each month, so the next meeting will be Tuesday 11th February.
Location: Lounge at the Church, 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay (The church is called ‘Church of the Saviour’)
Time: 7pm – 8.45pm
At this meeting we have Madeleine Manning, the Counselling Psychologist from the FASD Centre, as our special guest. She will answer any queries parents and caregivers may have about FASD, symptoms, behaviours and strategies. Please come along.

Kaipara Carers Support Group
Kim and Paula are setting up a support group in this area. If you are interested, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with them.

Auckland South Support Group
Looks like this one is getting re-instated this year. If you are interested then please let me know and I’ll put you in touch once details have been finalised.

Being a Dad of Children in Care
Ray Frew is interested in starting a group for ‘Dads’.  If you are a Foster Dad and would like to join a support group, please email me and I’ll connect you with Ray.

Training

Our Term One training schedule is now live! We are very excited to introduce a new 3 hour Workshop Discussion Session – Understanding the National Care Standards. Click the button below to find out more and to register.

Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Fostering Kids NZ you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources. If you are not already a member search Fostering Kids NZ Auckland Support and request to join. It’s easy and it’s free!

Click the link below to join!

 Fostering Kids NZ Auckland Support Facebook Page

I’m excited to see what 2020 will bring and am so looking forward to meeting and walking beside many of you amazing caregivers this year. ‘A trouble shared is a trouble halved’ so give me a call if you would like to chat through an issue or a problem or to share an achievement 😊.

Tiaki Koe i a Koe (Take Care of Yourself)

Anna

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