East Coast – April 2017

Tēnā koutou

It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Tip and Bill Houia who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  This couple used to run a Family Home in the Hawkes Bay and are now running the Palmerston North one.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for.

Hawkes Bay had a great Celebrating Children event on the 4th March.  There was a Kids Day Party at the Clive pools.  I and one of our Key Contacts (Cherie H) attended and did a free raffle.  It was great to talk to new and existing members.  There was a bit of learning time for caregivers as well.  We looked at capturing memories of the children in our care and why this was important.  Caregivers were encouraged to bring photos and have a go with scrapbooking.  This was led by a very talented foster parent.  One of the highlights was the beautiful cake that was made to celebrate our kids and of course a Mr Whippy Van with free ice-creams!  Many thanks to the Hawkes Bay Open Home Foundation and Child, Youth and Family team, it was a great day.

Are you a member of our closed Facebook page?  This page is dedicated to current caregivers.  It’s a place for notices, sharing the load and encouraging posts.  We at Fostering Kids NZ don’t want caregivers to care in isolation and this is one place where we can support each other. If you are not a member of this closed group, please contact me (Cath).  I’d love for all our current caregivers to be added.  Many thanks to those that have shared recipes and ideas already!  I’m running a fun competition on our region’s Facebook page.  I’ll post who the prizewinner of Lego for March on our page.  April will have a new prize; check out our page to see what it is.

Nga Mihi

Cath Jeffares

East Coast Regional Coordinator

Cell: 027 501 0353

Association news

Hawkes Bay: On Wednesday 15th March, the Hawkes Bay Foster/Whanau/Kin group had a ‘coffee and cake’ get together.  It was a great success and nice to see new faces. The next coffee and cake get together is planned at McDonald’s Hastings Breakout room Friday 7th April.  They are planning to have a guest speaker.  More information soon.

On Thursday 4th May there is a Pre-Mother’s Day lunch to be held at the Women’s Rest Rooms from 12.30pm-2.30pm to honour our Foster/Whanau/Kin Mums. A light lunch and refreshments will be served and a wee appreciation gift. The theme for this event is “you can’t give from an empty cup” so we will be talking about ways to self-care.

We are also hoping to do two sausage sizzles in the area to raise money for caregivers to attend our national conference at the end of September down in Christchurch.  It will also be an avenue to raise awareness of Fostering Kids New Zealand and our local group… keep an eye out for when fundraising dates are confirmed.  If you could lend a hand even for a short time we would be super grateful.  Please contact Cherie H if you can.

Tairawhiti: Kia ora Koutou, our group put on a free lunch for all Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers who attended the Legal Issues Training recently at the Salvation Army training room in Gisborne.  It was great to see everyone, connect and have a chat about what we’d like to do in supporting our caregivers in the area for the rest of the year.


It was great to start delivering the National Caregiver Training Programmes in our region this term.  I am enjoying getting to know all of the amazing Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers in our East Coast region.  The Attachment and Resilience workshop in Hastings and Legal Issues in Gisborne went very well.  Great questions and sharing from everyone.



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