We heard what you told us and we are rebranding!

Fostering Kids New Zealand is changing its name and its look! For a long time now, children in care have been telling us they don’t like being called ‘foster children’ and many of our members have told us they don’t consider themselves as ‘foster parents’.  Caring Families Aotearoa, better reflects our membership. We support, train and advocate for a wide range of caregivers; whanau/kin caregivers, …

Canterbury News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm greetings to you all New Year, new opportunities, new challenges!  The start of the year always brings hope and anticipation doesn’t it?, And sometimes a big sigh of relief that we got through the last one… Over the Christmas break many of the children in our care may have experienced a …

Lower South News – February 2020

Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou, It’s February already!  I hope you all managed to get some well-earned rest and relaxation in over the Christmas period. I know it can be a bag of mixed blessings. Its lovely to spend time with our whanau/families, and the pace of life is slower, however, filling school holiday days can be rather …

Otago News – February 2020

Kia ora koutou, ngā mihi o te hou / Greetings for the new year, Well that wasn’t the warmest break for the year, but it was great to recharge and spend time with whanau. At least I saved money on Sunblock!  I generally don’t make resolutions, but try to choose a couple of themes that I want for the year. This year …

Upper South News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all, Welcome back to 2020. Wow, we’re already into February and over the next couple of weeks you’ll be trying to get the tamariki back into the routines of life, especially those that attend school or preschool.  I hope you managed to connect and spend some time with whanau / …

North West News – February 2020

Kia ora koutou, Here we are in February, the year has started in earnest! I hope you are feeling confident about the year ahead! I thought I’d start off this newsletter with a quote from Professor Dan Seigel who states: “It might not surprise you to hear (or be reminded) that of all the factors in human life that predict …

Lower North News – February 2020

Kia ora, Welcome back to 2020. Wow, we’re already into February and over the next couple of weeks you’ll be trying to get the tamariki back into the routines of life, especially those that attend school or preschool.  I hope you managed to connect and spend some time with whanau / family over the Christmas and the holiday break. I also hope …

East Coast News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Welcome back to 2020.  Wow, we’re already into February and over the next couple of weeks you’ll be trying to get the tamariki back into the routines of life, especially those that attend school or preschool. I hope you managed to connect with whanau/family over the Christmas and the …

Central North News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm greetings to you all, Welcome back to 2020. Wow, we’re already into February and over the next couple of weeks you’ll be trying to get the tamariki back into the routines of life, especially those that attend school or preschool.  I hope you’ve managed to connect with whanau / family over the …

Auckland South/Waikato News – February 2020

Tena koutou katoa! This Christmas my husband and I spent a week in the bush without any children, no foster or biological. It was awesome, we spent so much time together, swimming, diving, fishing, cooking. It was Self-Care on a whole new level. Self-Care is not just an indulgence for the rich and famous, it is a vital part of …

Upper North News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm greetings to you all, I hope you’re having fun with your Tamariki. Fun doesn’t have to be expensive but it does require time and energy. Remember to also take some time for yourself so you’re able to meet the needs of others.  A big thanks to Molly and Princess for helping me with hosting …

Auckland News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) and phew hasn’t it been warm! I sincerely hope you all had a chance to enjoy the school holidays. I certainly enjoyed mine shared with whanau from near and far and dear friends. Not having the pressure of getting off to school each day lessens the stress in …

School and Year Start Up Payment 2020

Applications for the School and Year Start-up Payment are open until the 29 February for caregivers who receive the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit for children in their care. With the school year right around the corner, this can often be a stressful time when it comes to the cost of school fees, uniforms and stationery. This payment is …

Complex Histories, Complex Difficulties

Are you wondering why your tamariki or rangatahi (child or young person) does not learn from experience, or has no understanding of what they did was wrong, or has no empathy or remorse for others? Many young people do well in spite of adverse and traumatic experiences while growing up. However, far too many of those who end up in …

Conference 2019 Video Recordings

If you missed our 2019 National Conference – Setting the PACE, or you want a refresh on some of the wonderful presentations, here are some of the videos that we recorded. Unfortunately we are unable to share all of the videos publicly. If you are interest in a particular video that is not available below, please email (communications@nullfosteringkids.org.nz).

Understanding the National Care Standards – Discussion Session

Training Update Together with Oranga Tamariki, we are very excited to be delivering a new 3 hour workshop Discussion Session – Understanding the National Care Standards. This workshop is being delivered throughout the country in Term 1. This Discussion Session provides an outline of the key changes that caregivers will experience as a result of the new National Care Standards. …

Ways to Support a Child’s Emotions at Christmas Time

When you talk about Christmas to the child in your care, do you see glee and excitement in their face? Are they happy, laughing or smiling? Do they tell you about the fond memories they have of Christmas’s they have had in the past? Or, does the child in your care look sad, frightened or confused? Do they suddenly get …

Never Give Up – CD NOW Available

For many years Fostering Kids NZ has been privileged to have a special connection with Hon Ron Mark. Minister Mark has been a long time friend of ours, he has been our conference MC, speaker at Face Your Future and a strong advocate having experienced care himself. He also loves country music. This year thanks to the encouragement and persistent …

Auckland News – December 2019

Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana, Bula vinaka, Talofa ni, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni hao and Hello. As the year comes to an end over this next month, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to you, the amazing, selfless caregivers out there who have such huge hearts for what you do. And yes, folks …

Canterbury News – December 2019

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou / Season’s greetings for Christmas and the New Year! This year is quickly coming to a close!  What a fabulous time had by all at the Family Fun Days in Timaru (swimming) and Christchurch (bowling).  It was a delight to see families enjoying activities together! It’s been such a pleasure getting …