National Conference

Early Bird Registrations Close on 18 August.  For full conference details and to register – click here

Fostering Kids NZ’s conference is New Zealand’s premier conference for caregivers and people who work with children in care.  With an exciting line-up of international and local speakers, the conference presents a rare opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, some of the most dynamic minds in the caregiving field.

This year the theme will be “Celebrating Foster Care.” We’ll be at the Rydges, Christchurch on the 28th and 29th September.

Amazing line up of Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presentors:

This year we have three international speakers coming to conference.  Dr Courtney Rennicke is a Clinical Psycologists who runs a psychotherapy group practice focusing on family therapy for children in foster care.  She is also a practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.  Dr Rennicke will be running workshop sessions and a keynote address – Surprise: Using the Brain as Our Guide to Heal “Blocked Trust”.  Dr David Cross is a Professor of Psychology and Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP-ICD) at Texas Christian University and his keynote is – Lets Do This? Bringing hope and healing to ALL of the children from hard places.  Dr Donald Winsted will be participating in a workshop session.  You will also have the opportunity to hear keynote addresses from Arihia Bennett MNZM, Gráinne Moss, Linda Surtees and Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael.

We also have a line up of workshops that include (still a few more to come):

  • Who Am I: Understanding and Promoting Resilience in Foster and Kinship Care – Dr Jill Worrell
  • Connection before Correction – Sally Moffat and Rob Surtees
  • FASD: Some practical tools and some practice – Rose Hawkins,
  • Smoke or Flames: how we can spot Online combustion – Lee Chisolm
  • Re-awaken the Capacity to Connect in Hurt Children – Dr Rennicke
  • Family Homes (Closed Session) – Rob Surtees
  • Winning the Peace is Harder than Winning the War, Xavier Becerra – Dr Donald Winsted, Emma Berry, Marni Otway, Ursula Elisara
  • Supporting children with Dyslexia – Thelma Costain

3 reasons to put the 2017 Fostering Kids NZ conference in your diary:

  • Gain strategies and insights to help the children in your care or the children you work with.
  • Learn from your peers who will be presenting engaging case studies, unique solutions and specialist topics to enhance your skillset.
  • Connect and collaborate with other caregivers from around New Zealand.

Attendees from previous years have included:

  • Caregivers
  • Social Workers
  • Iwi
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Education
  • Ministry representatives

Here’s what our 2016 delegates had to say about the Fostering Kids NZ Conference:

“I gained a lot of ideas and strategies that I can add to my kite of knowledge in fostering and supporting fostering parents.”

“Amazing conference I’ve learnt so much and feel like I’m already going to be a way better caregiver.  I have tons of new ways to deal with life at home, I really enjoyed it.”

“This conference is very good, every year. I wish that it will go ahead next year.”

 “As usual, great speakers.  Inspiring, uplifting and affirming of us as caregivers.”

 “This is my first conference and I really enjoyed it, thank you.  I fell so blessed to be here.”


If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Kinsella  or 0800 693 323

National Conference 2016

Conference 2016 embraced the past, present and future of foster care in New Zealand with an amazing two days of keynote speakers and workshops.

If you are interested in the learning that took place at conference, please take the time to look through the speakers presentations – click here.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Kinsella  or 0800 693 323