Canterbury News – March 2017

Message from Stephanie

Kia ora everyone

This is a very important month for the Foster/Whanau/Kin care sector in New Zealand and I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the importance of humanity than by looking after our children.

This month at Fostering Kids New Zealand we are celebrating the awesome work you all do by looking after the children you have in your care and homes.  By nurturing, loving and healing you are giving them a better chance of breaking a cycle and becoming healthy contributing members of our communities.

So personally, and, from all the staff here at Fostering Kids New Zealand – THANK YOU.  You truly deserve all the thanks because you are worth it.

Please keep an ear to the ground as events and celebrations are being organised and advertised throughout March by your local agencies, sites, offices and support groups.

Recently Rob Surtees and Sally Moffatt (two new Fostering Kids NZ staff) met with a group of Foster/Whanau & Kin caregivers in the Wairarapa.  It’s great that members from that area are keen to rejuvenate a support/network/association group and that the agencies within that area are keen to support it to.  Watch this space, we’ll let you know dates and events coming up in that area.

I have included a TED talk YouTube clip that may inspire you (as it has me) to keep going and hang in there when the going gets tough.  I’m not sure we realise the influence we as caregivers have in changing the outcomes and lives of those children/young people we have in our care.


Congratulations to Bob and Pauline Cox who are heading to Government House, Wellington on the 10 March to be awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award from the Governor General.   On behalf of your region, thank you for your hard work and have a great time.

Stephanie James-SadlerNga mihi

Stephanie James-Sadler

National Training & Support Manager

0800 693323


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