Kia ora everyone,
As we creep closer to our coldest, wettest months, a friendly reminder to check smoke alarms, gutters for leaves and to clean the filters on your heat pumps for maximum efficiency. There are several spots around the region where the roads are undergoing upgrades and this may mean having to plan ahead to accommodate the slower speed limits around road works areas. Some of the wait times can cause a bit of stress so taking extra snacks and something to occupy the kids in the car is always good forward planning. With the cold weather upon us it is so important to take care of yourselves with this very nasty version of the flu making it’s rounds. Self-care takes on a whole new meaning.
Fostering Kids NZ website is looking very smart! Click here and see what’s happening. It is user friendly. There are a lot of resources, information about this year’s conference, training calendar, and events. It will also give you updated information about what is happening in the care sector.
Next term I will be looking at the newly updated Legal Issues training workshop. I’ll be delivering it around the region in Term 3. From 1 July there were more legislation updates so its important that you are aware that the Oranga Tamariki Act is online to refer to should you need to.
There is also the introduction of the National Care Standards taking place too. We’ve been told that for current Caregivers, there will not be any immediate change, although ultimately supports for caregivers will change and improve as the National Care Standards are put into practice. If you are concerned about anything, please check in with your Caregiver Social Worker at their regular visits with you.
Did you see in the media that the Minister for Children, Tracey Martin, has called for a “Review of financial assistance for Caregivers”? This is the first time a thorough review has been done across the Unsupported Child Benefit and Fostercare allowances- regardless of the agency you care for. You would have seen an email from us or Oranga Tamariki. Read the article through the following link: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/financial-support-foster-carers-be-reviewed
If you are a member of our Facebook group and know of other caregivers in the area who may not be members, please invite them to join us on social media.
Kia kaha, Kia manawanui, Kia tūpato/Be strong, be courageous, be safe!
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