Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
School holidays can often be challenging times for families and whanau. The change and / or absence of routine can be triggering. We are not always well prepared for what children present to us emotionally, mentally or physically. Perhaps you are feeling relieved that the school term is back into swing or maybe your child struggles with the pressure and timetables that school places on them. Either way, if you have an issue, please make contact via email or phone. I’m here to support you and help you. Remember a problem shared, is a problem halved.
Here’s a fun fundraising event coming Tauranga’s way on 15 August! Email email@example.com or call 021 1982302 to book your tickets.
Fostering Kids NZ National Conference
Our conference is coming up on 16 and 17 OCTOBER!! We will have an exciting range of National and International speakers running keynote and workshop sessions. We are also pleased to be hosting this year’s Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Go to our website for more information and to register at early bird rates. 😊 😊 😊 Click here to register.
Extraordinary Care Fund (ECF)
If you receive the Unsupported Child or Orphan’s Benefit for a child in your care, you are eligible to apply to the ECF for a grant of up to $2,000 in each financial year (1 July to 31 June).
The ECF is designed to support children who are:
- Experiencing difficulties that are impacting on their development;
- or Showing promise through high achievement for a particular skill or talent
Click the following link for more information: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/extraordinary-care-fund.html#null
Should you wish to set up a support group of any particular nature e.g. geographical, permanency, whanau/kin carer, grandparents raising grandchildren, health oriented etc. go to our website and register under Support Groups. Fostering Kids NZ will give $3 per person in attendance at the meeting for up to 8 meetings per year to the convenor.
For more details and information on this and setting up a connection group click on the following link: http://fosteringkids.org.nz/support/register-a-support-group/
Grans Raising Grandies: Te Puke will be holding regular get-togethers on the first Tuesday of each month. Those interested please ring Win Macreadie on 028 402 1794.
Tricia Corin: Please contact Tricia who comes from Thames through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).
FASD Support Group: LAST Sunday of the month. Meeting at 26 Mission St, Tauranga City. Contact Milli Lovell 021 527 604 for more information.
Forever Families: Support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency. They meet monthly according to interest. Email Laura firstname.lastname@example.org
BOP Fostercare Association Support Group: For all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month 10.00am till 12:00pm next to Top Kidz, MacDonald St, Mount Maunganui. Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do. Email Elissa for more info email@example.com or mob 021 462 030.
Email Belinda firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 027 241 1775 for support, information and get-togethers.
Jill Lagas has kindly offered to convene support group meetings for caregivers in this area. Please contact Jill on 027 481 6182.
Email Julia Burrup: email@example.com or phone 027 918 0917.
Rotorua Support Group: Meet in the evening on the last Tuesday of each month. Contact Heather Jeffcote by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 027 256 4550. On Tuesday 20 August 7.30pm the group will be looking at “Coping with Grief & Loss”. I will bring along a presentation on this topic.
I look forward to seeing you there! 😊
Ka kite ano, nga mihi/kind regards
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