Hari Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa/Happy New Year everyone!
Trust you all enjoyed the typical Kiwi Christmas – whanau, friends, lots of children running around, noise, heaps of kai, sand, towels – exhausting but good fun all round. I sure did have fun with all the mokopuna. Our whangai son came with his partner and four children as well. Lots of my children’s friends popping in with their kiddies too. So special at my age to watch the next generation growing up. One of the things I’m very grateful for that my fostered children have taught me about is the resilience they have built up (among other things).
A Gem from Our National Conference Last September in Christchurch:
Korero-Kaitiaki Manaaki for Whanau/Kin Carers was an interactive workshop with Mira Martin aka Mira Elmsly (Manaaki Tautoko) and Stephanie James-Sadler National Manager Training & Support for Fostering Kids NZ.
This was a forum for whanau/kin carers to discuss the struggles, networks, gatherings and what local support could possibly look like across Aotearoa. Suggestions were made by those present which have been noted in order to learn how we (Fostering Kids NZ) can engage more with this group.
A growing group of caregivers, kin carers experience unique circumstances and difficulties, not always receiving the same support as other types of caregivers.
We at Fostering Kids NZ welcome further input and suggestions from whanau/kin carers. Please contact myself, Gonny Ormsby 027 501 0393, 07 281 1137 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie James-Sadler 0800 693 323 email@example.com
Tairawhiti (Gisborne) Association
Your Key Contacts for support and get togethers:
Sarndy Matthews email: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 027 426 600.
Also, Moana Kerr email: email@example.com or cell: 021 456 541 or on the facebook page.
Thanks Sarndy and Moana for your help and making yourselves available to Tairawhiti caregivers.
Hawkes Bay Association
Email Cherie Hames firstname.lastname@example.org for support or details on get togethers/meetings.
Carer Families 6 December 2017 Hastings: It was lovely to meet those who attended this workshop. We explored the sometimes complex effects of fostering on the whole whanau, ways of minimizing the negative ones by regular checking in with each whanau member and how to look after ourselves better (most of us put this way down the list!).
Attachment & Resilience 7 December 2017 Waipukurau: Also a pleasure for me to be in this area after many long years. In this workshop we delved into types of attachment, the general effects of these on the children, how to help repair weak attachment and how that in turn may help build up resilience – the key to be able to successfully make strong attachments that can weather the storms in our lives. Thanks for the robust discussions and contributions. I walked away with some valuable pointers from you.
Importance of Play: Sally Moffat (previously from Tauranga, now based in Wellington) has been working on and has delivered this workshop several times. I have had the privilege of learning from and working with her on this. Play is one of my favourite subjects so I am excited about presenting this newer workshop in Napier on 20 March 2018.
Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register workshops offered in Wairoa, here is the link. Look forward to meeting you there!
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