East Coast – May 2017

Kia ora everyone

I sincerely hope you and yours all made it safely through the recent cyclones. It is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a hurry what would that look like and what would you take?

The recent cyclones that have blasted various parts of the country is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a hurry what would that look like and what would you take?

Here is a link to use as a prompt: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit

We have had a number of caregivers ask us for information about mental health well-being, depression and suicidal thoughts related to children and young people.  This is a sensitive topic but something we as caregivers need to consider and be prepared for. CASA is a great website, based in New Zealand with many different topics, to find out more click here – http://www.casa.org.nz/resources.  Below are just some topics we thought might be of value to you:

Facebook help a friend in need
Supporting Young people with stress, anxiety and/or depression
What does a grieving child or teen need the most?
Problem Solving technique for Youth
Skylight grief resources including “Holidays and Special Days”
Cyberbullying and Harmful Communications – Help for Parents
Tips to help someone with depression
Crisis and Trauma reactions
Deliberate Self-Harm
Coping for recovery
Identifying Suicide Concerns in Children and Young Adolescents
Risk factors and triggers for suicidal behaviour in youth
Providing a Safe Home Environment for the Suicidal Young Person

As a caregiver, if you would like to talk with someone more about dealing with a child in your care that you have concerns about contact our critical support service at National Office on 0800 693 323.

Nga mihi
Cath Jeffares

Association news

KEY CONTACTS:

Tairawhiti Foster Care Association | Sarndra Matthews | 027 426 2600 | sarndym@nullhotmail.com
Hawkes Bay Foster Care Association | Cherie Hames | 027 481 0440 | cherie.mark@nullxtra.co.nz

Training

We look forward to seeing you at a training soon.  We appreciate the valuable sharing of personal experiences along with the helpful information within the training.  It’s always a pleasure to meet you wonderful people.

Term Two workshops are now live, so make sure you register.  Check out this link for dates and locations. https://fosteringkids.net/schedule/schedule.php

 

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