Canterbury News – April 2017

It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Pauline and Bob Cox of Canterbury who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  Unfortunately, Bob was not able to come to Wellington and receive his award.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for.

A group of carers and their families got to together for Children’s Day in the Waimate area.  By all accounts it was great fun had by all and the weather played its part too!  The children loved the Lego that was donated and many thanks to Linda Bradley for doing an awesome job of organising the family day in celebration.

If you’d like to know more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – we have a workshop filmed from two Canadian professionals that work in this area. Follow this link to our website:  Please call me (Stephanie) on 0800 693 323 and I will send you the password to access this fantastic workshop.  It is informative for caregivers, and those working with Children/Young people that have traits of FASD.

Nga mihi

Stephanie James-Sadler

National Training & Support Manager

0800 693 323

Association news

Timaru/Waimate and surrounding areas have relaunched a new Foster/Whanau/Kin group supporting caregivers.  The new name is South Canterbury Foster Whanau Support Group.  We have new Key Contacts that will introduce themselves over the next couple of months.  They have met a couple of times to organise themselves and plan for the upcoming months on support groups and get togethers.  If you live in this surrounding area, they would love to hear from you and see you at some get togethers they are planning.  They are keen to provide some support and learning opportunities with relevant speakers.

Pauline Cox and Hon Anne Tolley

Otautahi Foster Care Association were thrilled to have Pauline and Bob Cox nominated to receive the Excellence in Foster Care Award. This was held at the Governor Generals residence in Wellington. It was sad that Bob was not well enough to attend but Pauline had a great time with all the other recipients.

Children’s Day in Christchurch was an amazing day. We had a tent set up to tell people about our group and how fostering is so important to our society today. It was interesting to see the number of younger people ask questions and taking pamphlets saying that one day they may think about fostering. The children enjoyed the free activities, the shaved ice and cookies. A point of reflection for the day: A “Red zone” area is a wonderful area for an event like this. It was all the more poignant when a six-year-old found some broken pieces of China and wondered who had used these dishes in their home. He then found a rock and said “Christchurch rocks!”


Please have a look at what is available for workshops in our region, we endeavour to offer a good variety in the ways we deliver these. Term 2 will see an option for evening workshops and online workshops for the outer region. Please register online, new caregivers in particular value the experience and support that are available to them at these workshops, so if you need to refresh your learning, you are also offering valuable peer support to those just beginning the journey. Make sure you keep an eye out for the schedule when it goes live here.



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