East Coast News – August 2018

East Coast RC
Gonny Ormsby
07 281 1137 or
027 501 0393

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

First up, you will have received a mailout from our National Office about the changes to Support Groups/Association, changes that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other. Please take the time to consider the invitations and the opportunities presented. Feel free to contact me or Fostering Kids NZ National Office for more information or have a look at our website – click here.

TRIPLE T – Teamwork Towards Healing Trauma Affected Children Using a Therapeutic Approach.

I am excited to be in the final stages of planning for a hui in Gisborne on 30 October and one in Hastings on 1 November.   Leaders of the foster care sector will provide the latest learnings on therapeutic parenting approach and developmental trauma to our foster caregivers, plus professionals, to ensure that our children and youth have better life outcomes. These hui are open to all caregivers and professionals and registration is free for Fostering Kids NZ, caregiver members.  Registration will open later in the month.


The Developmental Assessment Programme (DAP) at Hawke’s Bay DHB is providing FREE education on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

These sessions will be useful for teachers, social workers, health professionals, NGOs, justice and anyone who is working in community organisations who support whānau living with FASD.

Venue: Hawke’s Bay DHB Education Centre: entrance off Canning Rd

External participant’s book preferred date by emailing: education@nullhbdhb.govt.nz

 It is important to attend Module One before attending Module Two

For further information please contact Vicky Gollner – 878 8109/extension 6750

2018  DATES


Module ONE:   Tuesday 14 August, 9:00 – 11:00am

Module TWO:   Tuesday 28 August, 9:00 – 11:00am


Module One

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – an overview

1. What is FASD?

2. Who is at risk of FASD?

3. What can it look like?

4. Case Study

5. What you need to know…

6. Questions/discussion time


Support groups

Tricia Corin, Benefits Advocate for GRG has assisted many grandparents to receive the entitlements they are due. Tricia is a passionate campaigner for this growing group of caregivers.  Please contact Tricia through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).


Your liaisons for support and get togethers:

Sarndy Matthews email:  sarndym@nullhotmail.com   or cell:  027 426 600.

Also, Moana Kerr email:  moana kerr@nullhotmail.com or cell:  021 456 541

Or on the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tairawhiticaregivers/

Thanks Sarndy and Moana for your help and making yourselves available to Tairawhiti caregivers.


Email Cherie Hames cherie.mark@nullxtra.co.nz for support or details on get togethers/meetings.


Please register to attend our Caregiver training workshops. We are running two new workshops in the region: Understanding & Supporting Behaviour on 18 September in Gisborne, Building Secure Attachments in Napier on 26 September, as well as Working with Adolescents in Waipukurau on 27 September.  These are good times of reflection, networking and new learning.  Please register here for one of our workshops or contact Christine on 0800 100 849 if you require assistance. I look forward to meeting you there!


 Fostering Kids East Coast Closed Facebook Page


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