The first 100 days for the new government has now past. They have put in place all that they said they would during the election.
I am looking forward to meeting with the new Minister for Children, Hon. Tracey Martin in the not too distant future. I am sure we would all like to know the government’s priorities in regards to you, our members.
As advocates for caregivers, we know and hear from you daily. Some things we understand are not going so well and it is important for us to voice this to the new government, to ensure you have the best tools and resources to heal the children in your care. Our caregivers need to be looked after and supported, as you are the ones that can make the most difference for children in care.
We are trusting that the new government will truly see and value your importance to child outcomes. We will continue to wait for changes that are much needed and anticipated. We do understand the frustration from some caregivers, so please be assured we are continuing to work tirelessly for your best interests and ultimately the best outcome for all children in care.
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain
This whakatauki is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, but its real message is to be persistent and don’t let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal.
The team at Fostering Kids NZ will continue to persist on your behalf.
In the meantime, keep up the wonderful work. You are making a difference for the tamariki and rangitahi (children and youth) in your care.
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