Auckland North News – July 2017

Tēnā koutou I hope everyone is keeping warm and finding fun things to do in this cold and wet season. I love winter for its fireplaces, heaters, soups and fleecy pyjamas.  Foster Hope has again been running amazing pyjama drives, so get in touch with myself if you require some for the children in your care, as I will be …

Meet Christine Williams – our training coordinator

If you’ve booked in for training with Fostering Kids NZ, you may have already had the pleasure of dealing with our training coordinator Christine Williams. Christine is responsible for organising the schedule, monitoring registrations, responding to enquiries, and keeping in touch with caregivers, social workers and other interested parties. We sat down with Christine to learn a little more about …

Upper North News – July 2017

”Love is a constant process of Tuning in, Connecting,  Missing and Misreading cues, Disconnecting, Repairing and Finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again. Minute to minute and day to day.”   Dr Sue Johnson. Winter is upon us and I hope you and yours are well and warm. I understand that it …

Canterbury News – July 2017

Tēnā koutou Wow, I have had a busy seven weeks!  I have managed to meet quite a few of our members on my travels in Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Waimate.  It’s been great meeting you, hearing your stories, supporting and encouraging you in my role.  It’s been great seeing how you are encouraging each other on this care journey. I …

North West News – July 2017

Kia ora Katoa My planning for term three is well under way and there are some interesting things on offer for North West regional caregivers. Recently a few of the workshops were adapted to an ‘on-line’ format, which allows caregivers (once they have registered) to be sent a link well before the training date. This allows the readings and written …

Central North News – July 2017

Kia ora koutou Kia kaha to the grandparents who met with Scott Simpson recently.  I look forward to hearing how it went.  I enjoyed meeting up with fellow grandmothers at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, (GRG) meeting on 9 June and hearing your stories – the challenges and the triumphs. GRG Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month 10 …

Lower South News – July 2017

Kia ora everyone I cannot believe it is already July.  I hope you are keeping warm and dry, and if you are a farmer, planning a good break to recharge the batteries, spend some down time together, before the calves and lambs arrive to start the rural cycle again. There was a post on our support Facebook page about anxieties, …

Help your child get up to $4000 towards reaching their goals

William Wallace Awards Many young people in care have overcome significant barriers and gone on to achieve great things. The William Wallace Awards honour these outstanding young people, and provide help for them to pursue their dreams of tertiary, vocational or leadership training. You can download a nomination form here. Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the awards have grown …

24 children in care receive bikes as part of school leadership programme

Squeals of delight rang through the grounds of Diocesan School For Girls in Auckland last month – as 24 children in care were gifted bikes by students taking part in a leadership programme. The annual event is a highlight of the calendar for staff at the school and staff at Fostering Kids NZ – because of the ways it enriches the …

Upper South News – July 2017

Kia ora Upper South I want to take this opportunity to encourage any caregivers that would like to attend this year’s National Conference in Christchurch to have a look at the website for details. This is a great opportunity for the South Island, as we don’t have it down here very often and the quality of the Key Note speakers …

Lower North News – July 2017

Kia ora I’d like to encourage you to connect with your local Associations, to meet up and support each other over this winter period. I know that groups around this region will be planning events and meetings and hope you will get in touch! Fostering Kids NZ Conference will be upon us before we know it. It’s my first, so …

East Coast News – July 2017

Kia ora koutou Ko Mauao taku maunga, ko Tuapiro te awa, ko Tauranga Moana taku moana. He Tauiwi ahau, no The Netherlands ahau engari ko Ngaiterangi me Ngati Maniapoto nga iwi o taku tane me tamariki. Ko Gonny Ormsby taku ingoa, he kaiako/kaiawhina ahau. He kaimahi ahau no Fostering Kids New Zealand   Greetings members My name is Gonny Ormsby …

Apprenticeships for the care-experienced

HITO (The Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation) and L’Oréal Launch Hair and Beauty Scholarships Exciting news from the hair and beauty industry – with the launch of ten scholarships for care-experienced young people who want a career in the sector. The scholarships will provide ten young people who have graduated from the “Face Your Future” programme to gain qualifications as barbers, beauty therapists, …

Auckland South Waikato News – July 2017

Kia Ora all Winter is definitely here and I hope not too many of you are getting hit by colds and flus. Over the next month we will be holding a meeting for those interested in knowing more about the new changes around permanency for children in care from a lawyer who has been working with some of the cases. …

“It was a revelation!”

Mercedes Strutt was one of six participants in “Foundations for Attachments” the caregiver training we trialled in Palmerston North in May. Mercedes and her husband David – who are orginally from the UK – have been fostering in Palmerston North for the last three years. She attended “Foundations for Attachment” to help her develop her skills. “The course was fantastic! …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s July message to you

Winter is upon us and we are still awaiting some clarity from the Ministry in regards to the new investment in caregiver support. We were hoping to have some news on this for this month’s Snippets, but we are still not clear how the $26.4 million will be used. Meeting with Oranga Tamaraki It was with great pleasure that we …

Share your inspirational stories

1 June 2017 Working at Fostering Kids NZ – we’re privileged to meet many of our extraordinary caregivers and hear your stories. Talking to you, we never cease to be amazed, inspired and impressed by your commitment to our children in care. Lately – we’ve been thinking we could be doing a better job of sharing your thoughts and experiences …

Don’t miss Arihia Bennett at our conference

We’re excited to announce Arihia Bennett is one of our keynote speakers at this year’s conference in September.  Arihia Bennett MNZM (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Porou) has been the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu since 2012. She is married to Richard and together they have a son Piri. She lives in Tuahiwi in North …

Connection before correction – new training programme a hit!

As caregivers, many of us have heard about the theory of attachment – but how do we put that into practice to better connect with the children in our care? Fostering Kids New Zealand have researched internationally to provide a programme to support caregivers to do just that. Last month Sally Moffatt and Rob Surtees trialled the programme – called …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s June message to you

Here at National Office, we’ve spent the last week absorbing the details of the budget announcements targeted at the caregiving community. It is great to see the new investment in caregiver support-$26.4 million over four years. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the money will be spent on: support for around 4,500 caregivers help for those caring for higher needs …