Winter is upon us and we are still awaiting some clarity from the Ministry in regards to the new investment in caregiver support. We were hoping to have some news on this for this month’s Snippets, but we are still not clear how the $26.4 million will be used.
Meeting with Oranga Tamaraki
It was with great pleasure that we were able to take Dan Hughes Ph.D. to meet with the Ministry. Dan is a clinical psychologist from Portland, Maine and was in the country providing seminars and training. The treatment that Dan developed is specifically for children who have experienced abuse and neglect and who demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma. The PACE attitude is part of this treatment and is something that Fostering Kids New Zealand would like to implement in New Zealand as part of our support and training model.
We have become aware that if you are providing transitional care to a young person leaving care and as caregivers decide you would like to continue to emotionally support them, you can be subject to ‘income testing’. This may be the case if the young person is applying to Studylink and in particular the Independent Circumstances Allowance or any other independent benefit.
We are currently working with Oranga Tamariki and will begin to lobby the Minster in regard to the effect this can have on the young person’s ability to be supported with study once they officially leave care.
If you have a young person in your care who is thinking about applying to Studylink for the Independent Circumstances Allowance or any other independent benefit, please contact us at national office for more information or contact your local Regional Coordinator before approaching Work and Income. There are also more details on our facebook page.
Congratulations Denise and George
ASB Good as Gold: Big cash surprise for Denise and George
Denise our Regional Coordinator for Upper South and husband George were nominated by their grown up children for this award. Their foster children wanted to thank them for providing such a loving and stable home for them and the other children they have taken into their care over the years . Seven Sharp visited them and this was screened on TV One on Wednesday. You can view this clip via this link.
Fantastic news Denise and George and well deserved. We are very privileged to have people working for Fostering Kids NZ that have such knowledge, skills and devotion.
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