Tena koutou katoa!
This Christmas my husband and I spent a week in the bush without any children, no foster or biological. It was awesome, we spent so much time together, swimming, diving, fishing, cooking. It was Self-Care on a whole new level. Self-Care is not just an indulgence for the rich and famous, it is a vital part of our wellbeing that allows us to become our most happy and grounded selves. The definition according to psychcentral.com is; “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health”. To me this shows there is no blueprint because we are all different and we all have different needs, but I think the key word is “deliberate”. Think of the action or activity that cares for our emotional, mental and physical health. This time mine was being isolated with no power, internet, or plumbing. What’s yours?
With such a busy year ahead, I want to remind you of a couple of things that are sneaking up very fast…
The start of March is a very important time in the care sector in New Zealand. Sunday 1st March, we kick off the Foster Care Awareness week with Children’s Day. This is a day to celebrate the importance of tamariki/children in our lives, in our communities and in our society. Children’s Day reminds all of New Zealand how precious our tamariki are and how we all have a responsibility for them collectively.
Following on from the Sunday celebrations , we have Foster Care Awareness Week. This is a week to highlight the wonderful role you all play in our communities and society too! It’s a time through all the challenges, to say this role is so vital, important and lifesaving! I know there will be various events planned for this week across Aotearoa. Get in touch with your Agency or Organisation to see what they’re planning. Make sure you are on our Facebook pages so you can get notifications of events we know about. This important week is a time of acknowledging and appreciating the challenging and rewarding role you and your whanau/family undertake.
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.
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.
A reminder that there are a number of support groups in the region that meet regularly so keep an eye out on Facebook and your emails. You can always contact National Office on 0800 693 323 or myself if you are wanting to form your own support group in your area. Ask us how!
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 South Support or Fostering Kids NZ Waikato/ Hauraki Support then send me a message to join the group. It’s easy and it’s free!
Click the link below to join!
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