Canterbury News – May 2019

Kia ora everyone

I have been extremely encouraged by the resilience I have seen of the people of Christchurch over this last month or so. I have also been so humbled to meet some amazing caregivers on my travels down to Canterbury recently with lots of training and support.  The quality of care and support you are wanting to provide our tamariki (children) is so encouraging. The children coming into care have such complex issues that relate 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 biological children may not have the same effect on the children we care for due to the developmental trauma they have experienced.  With this in mind, our goal is to support you as caregivers with advice and workshops to look at different therapeutic parenting strategies.  I would like to encourage you all to come to the training workshops, Discussion and Follow Up Sessions as some have been totally rewritten, reviewed and updated to better suit the needs of children who have experienced developmental trauma.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12 May and what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from those around you. Valuing yourself is a gift too. I think this little picture captures what parenting children in our care develops in you.


We are currently recruiting for the Regional Coordinator position.  We hope to let you know soon how we’ve got on.  In the mean time please feel free to call me or Iona on 0800 693 323 for advice or support. 


We also have trainings scheduled around the region for this term.  Other Regional Coordinators are visiting and facilitating the topics.  Click on this link to find out when and where they will be and to register.

Kia kaha, Kia manawanui, Kia tūpato / Be strong, be courageous, be safe!

National Manager Training & Support
Fostering Kids NZ

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