Last month was extremely busy with training and support. I have been amazed at the wonderful caregivers we have. The quality of support our tamariki (children) are getting is so encouraging. Children coming into care have complex issues and this relates to the trauma, abuse and neglect they have been exposed to. At Fostering Kids NZ we acknowledge that the strategies we use for our own children may not have the same effect on the children we care for due to the trauma children they have experienced. With this in mind our goal is to support you as caregivers with advice and workshops to look at different strategies.
I would like to encourage you all to come to the training workshops as some have been totally rewritten, reviewed and updated to better suit the needs of children who have experienced trauma.
Key Contacts update:
We have a new Key Contact- Annelie who will be joining Joy Ewing in the Pukekohe/Franklin area. She lives in Pokeno and has one child in her care. I would like to welcome her to the team.
We are looking at having smaller, designated support/network groups. Some ideas could be a Permanency support group, Whanau caregivers group, Maori or Pacific Island caregiver group or a particular theme that has a group of caregivers, for example FASD. There can be several support groups in an area. Fostering Kids NZ will support these groups and help encourage caregivers to attend.
Please email me if you have any ideas. Keep an eye out for new support/network groups coming to your area.
Good in the Hood
It’s time to vote!
Shop at one of the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for Fostering Kids NZ or an association.
GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four neighbourhood groups. Customers vote for their chosen neighbourhood group and the funds are divided between the groups depending on the percentage of votes they receive.
Every purchase you make – not just petrol – gives you a chance to vote.
- Z Massey North, Auckland (West Auckland Foster Care Support Association)
- Z Lincoln Road, Auckland (West Auckland Foster Care Support Association)
- Z Te Atatu, Auckland (West Auckland Foster Care Support Association)
- Z Beach Road (Fastlane), Auckland
- Z Harbour Hwy, Auckland
- Z Lakeside (Fastlane), Auckland
- Z Point Chev, Auckland
- Z Browns Road, Auckland
- Z Roscommon Road, Auckland
Please spread the word to get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community too. Thank you for your support.
In term two “The importance of PLAY” workshop has been released. The training will be offered in Hamilton this term and South Auckland in term three.
Please register using this link for all the term two trainings.
Just a reminder we have two Facebook pages for caregivers… feel free to join and see information that is placed on there by other caregivers.
I look forward to seeing you soon
Please feel free to ring me if you require any information about Fostering Kids NZ or support with the children in your care.
Noho Ora Mai
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