National Conference

We are looking forward to this year’s conference in October.  Plans are well underway and we are putting together a great line up of international and local speakers.  

Full 2 Day Registration:

Early bird
(before 31 Aug 2019
(after 1 Sep 2019)
Full Member$220.00
(incl dinner ticket)
(incl dinner ticket)
Associate Member$315.00
(incl dinner ticket)
(incl dinner ticket)
Non Member$375.00$400.00

1 Day Registration:

Early bird
(before 31 Aug 2019
(after 1 Sep 2019)
Full Member$125.00$150.00
Associate Member$175.00$200.00
Non Member$205.00$230.00

All prices include GST.


Waipuna Hotel has rooms set aside for our delegates. The cost for these rooms are $200.50 (gst incl) for one person and $228.50 (gst incl) for twin share including a full buffet breakfast. To make a reservation please call Waipuna Hotel directly on 0800 924 786 and quote the booking code FOST1510.


If you are booking flights, conference will be opening at 9am on Wednesday and closing at 4pm on Thursday. Waipuna Hotel is approximately 17km from Auckland airport, but this can take up to an hour by car. If possible we recommend coming the night before. We will put a bus on to return delegates to Auckland airport when conference finishes. If you would like to use this free bus service, please book your flight home after 6pm.

Call for submissions

If you’re interested in presenting a workshop at our conference this year, we’d love to hear from you.

Please follow this link to download the form – Workshop Proposal 2019.

Submissions close on Tuesday 30 April.

For more information please contact Jennifer Kinsella, Marketing and Communications Manager – or call 0800 693 323.

Presentations from previous Conferences:

A special thank you to our speakers who freely give their time to share their expertise with us.  Many of them cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Some of our presenters were happy for us to share their presentations. Please note that these presentations remain the copyright of the presenter.  If you would like to reproduce any parts of the presentation please contact the presenter and ask for their approval.

Workshop Presentations, National Conference 2017:

Re-awaken the Capacity to Connect in Hurt Children – Dr Courtney Rennicke

Who am I? Understanding and Promoting Resilience in Foster and Kinship Care – Dr Jill Worrall

Supporting Children with Dyslexia – Thelma Costain

Our Vision for Care, Fostering Kids New Zealand – Linda Surtees

Keynote Presentation, National Conference 2017:

Surprise! Using the Brain as our Guide to Heal “Blocked Trust” – Dr Courtney Rennicke

Protecting Children from Online Child Abuse – Detective Sergeant John Michael 

Video – Megan’s Story