Kia Ora All
This month has been another great and busy month supporting caregivers, training and our Family Fun Days at the pools. The Christmas season can be a stressful time for all, but we need also to be mindful of our children, particularly those in our care. This may be a time, where they long to be with their birth family more. There may be memories of birth family gatherings and we know this can either trigger good or not so good memories for them. Here are some handy tips:
- Encourage access/contact to be a positive time.
- Encourage children to do something special for their birth parents/family/whanau (cards, little gift etc).
- If you’re going to family outings with your own family, make sure there is a gift for your children in care. Your relatives may not think about this.
- Allow the child placed in your care to share positive memories of past Christmases.
- Make your own children aware of the potential issues that may occur for children over this time.
- Include children in all activities, make this a positive time for strengthening relationships, connections, attachments and giving them positive experiences.
- Plan fun, fun and more fun.
- Realise the behaviour outbursts are not personal, but a reflection of what may be going on for them.
Thanks to all those that came to the Family Fun Days around our region, we had an amazing turn out and lots of food and fun.
Key Contacts update:
Unfortunately we will be losing two of our wonderful Key Contacts for next year:
*Ashley & Emma Berry – Auckland South, who will be going on to study.
*Rob & Bayette Prince – Pukekohe/Franklin, who will be shifting back home to Whanganui to run a Family Home there.
Emma and Bayette have been dedicated to the role of Key Contact for nearly five years. They have been great communicators and have supported caregivers over and above any expectations. I want to personally thank them both for their commitment and time to the role.
Just a reminder we have two closed Facebook pages for caregivers. Feel free to join and see information that is placed on there by other caregivers.
The calendar for Term One of 2018 is now live on our website. Click here to find out more and register.
I will be on leave over Christmas from 22 December 2017 until 22 January 2018. Should you require URGENT support, please contact 027 369 3323 up until Friday 12 January 2018, then contact our National Office on 0800 693 323.
Merry Christmas, thank you for all you do for our Tamariki in Care.
Noho Ora Mai
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