East Coast News – December 2019

Kia ora everyone!

By now, hopefully you will have read or heard that Gonny has moved onto another role closer to home and with less hours to enjoy her whanau as years are getting more precious to her. Gonny would like to pass onto you all that she will miss Fostering Kids NZ very much. I know that Gonny has enjoyed supporting you, advocating for you, sharing her knowledge with you and meeting so many of you through workshops and support groups.

Here we are at our December/Christmas edition already! Wow what a busy second half to the year with our National Conference in October and then straight into our Family Fun Days and now Christmas parties. 

As we all gear up for the normal end of year dash, I would once again like to mention that this time of year is difficult for many of our tamariki as it is often a trigger for the whanau they miss or might not see over the holiday season. It might also be a reminder of the time of year that previous placements have not gone to plan or when in fact they entered care. Please expect some difficult behaviour, some lack of gratitude. Remember the A & E (Acceptance & Empathy) of our PACE parenting approach. If they are calm you may be able to be Curious – working with the child to understand their feelings and emotions. Try to plan some extra care for yourselves, stock up on coffee, chocolates and sleep!

Finally, have a blessed and very merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. I wish you well-being and a calm and relaxing holiday season.

For support, advocacy or to run something past someone for advice, please contact our National Office on 0800 693 323.

Our National Office is closed on the 24 December and reopens on the 6 January. For more information on what to do if you are in need of support during this time, click here.

Support Groups

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Contact Tricia Corin, Benefits Advocate for GRG has assisted many grandparents receive the entitlements they are due.  Please contact Tricia through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).

Tairawhiti (GISBORNE) Association
Your Key Contacts 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/ 

Hawkes Bay Association
Email Cherie Hames (Hastings) cherie.mark@nullxtra.co.nz for support or details on get togethers/meetings ph 027 481 0440.
Or Jessica Uri (Napier) urifamily10@nullgmail.com ph: 021 0269 0067.
Thanks Cherie and Jessica for making yourselves available to caregivers in the Hawkes Bay.

Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Fostering Kids NZ you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources. If you are not already a member search Fostering Kids NZ Central North Support, and request to join the group. It’s easy and it’s free!

Click the link below to join!

 Fostering Kids Central North NZ Closed Facebook Page

Nga mihinui/Kind regards



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