Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

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31 March 2017

Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki 

CEO Linda Surtees pledges to continue working with the new organisation to ensure caregivers have the tools they need to support our most vulnerable children.

The Chief Executive Officer of Fostering Kids NZ, Linda Surtees, welcomes the launch of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

“The organisation’s philosophy, of putting the child’s well-being at the centre of every decision it makes, is closely aligned to ours,” Mrs Surtees says.

Fostering Kids NZ is working closely with the transition team to ensure caregivers get the training and support they need to heal children in care – rather than simply holding them in care – giving them every opportunity to live full and happy lives.

“As a society, we are learning more and more about the effects of trauma on the brain, and how to help the healing process,” Mrs Surtees says.

“Our aim is to empower our members with that knowledge,” she adds.

Mrs Surtees says she is impressed by the decision to create a new position within Oranga Tamariki’s leadership team – Deputy Chief Executive Care Services.

“That gives caregivers an important link to the top table of the organisation,” Mrs Surtees says.

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About Fostering Kids New Zealand

Fostering Kids New Zealand (FKNZ) is a not for profit national organisation established in 1976. It provides caregiver advocacy, support and specialised training for fostering and permanent caregiving families throughout New Zealand. Currently, FKNZ supports around 4,500 individual members and 41 Non Government Organisation (NGO) members.

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