Review of Financial Assistance for Caregivers

In May 2019, Minister Martin, announced that Oranga Tamariki would conduct the first ever full review of the financial assistance provided to foster and other caregivers.  The review will consider the Foster Care Allowance (including the Higher Foster Care Allowance), Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit and their associated payments. It will consider the level and consistency of these payments and the appropriateness …

From the CEO’s Desk: Linda’s Message to you

Just a quick note from me to catch you up on recent events and announcements.  We have several significant things happening for caregivers at present and this time I say this with a smile 😊. Thursday’s Budget announcements were positive for our sector.  Finally, it seems to be our turn and the information we are receiving would indicate that real …

Weighted Blanket

Ferndale School in Christchurch, in conjunction with Christchurch Women’s Prison, are selling weighted blankets for $25 plus postage. What is a weighted blanket? Basically, a weighted blanket is two pieces of fabric sewn together into squares with weighted pellets distributed throughout the squares to give even weight distribution. They have been around for a long time, but their use is …

National Care Standards

On 1 July 2019, the National Care Standards will come into effect and Oranga Tamariki will start the implementation. Over the upcoming months we will communicate with you about what these mean to your care family. It is important to know that as a caregiver you won’t see changes on the 1 July. The National Care Standards set out the …

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

National Youth Council VOYCE are currently recruiting for care experience youth, between the ages of 16 to 24, to join the VOYCE National Youth Council and directly influence change for the care experience community. For more information and to apply – click here. Information Sharing If you have a child in your care from Oranga Tamariki, you can expect a …

Lower North News – June 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! It is a month of celebration for me here at Fostering Kids NZ! At the end of this month I will have been with you all for one whole year, hasn’t time flown? I have loved every minute of it, meeting so many of you through the training days, support groups and other events and meetings …

Upper North News – June 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm Greetings to You All Regional Committee Events Caregiver Coffee Groups – “Making Connection” OUR SHOUT. Thanks to Molly, Deirdre, Karen and Dianah for helping me organise these for June. We just want to connect and let you know we’re planning some opportunities and events to help caregivers come together for the …

Auckland News – June 2019

Kia ora, Kia orana, Bula vinaka, Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I have the pleasure of facilitating a variety of workshops and discussion sessions in my region. One of the many bonuses is meeting new caregivers each time and also seeing familiar faces, as you make your way through the National Caregiver training …

Auckland South/Waikato News – June 2019

Kia Ora everyone Seasons are definitely changing. As we head into the middle of the year and feel the chillier months, we know that winter is nearly here. This year is going so fast and we have a lot going on.  As I have been travelling around the region connecting with caregivers, I am constantly reminded of the selfless work …

Central North News – June 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and that you will be warm, dry and cosy for the next three months. Foster mothers, grandmothers – I hope you received extra cuddles, a sleep in, breakfast in bed, gifts, and felt valued and appreciated on Mother’s Day.  Hopefully this will continue for more than just …

East Coast News – June 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and that you will be warm, dry and cosy for the next three months. Foster mothers, grandmothers – I hope you received extra cuddles, a sleep in, breakfast in bed, gifts, and felt valued and appreciated on Mother’s Day.  Hopefully this will continue for more than just …

Upper South News – June 2019

Tēnā koutou te whanau. Half way through the year already and hasn’t it been so busy! Our lovely Regional Committee member in Westport, Bev Bade not only runs the regular Support Group in Westport but has now started up a regular play date for families who are caregivers. The inaugural event was a huge success with Bev saying that “ …

Canterbury News – June 2019

Kia ora everyone Well the mornings and nights are definitely cooler now as we head into the winter months.  Recently my husband and I went to a ‘Netsafe’ evening at our local Intermediate School. We feel vulnerable with regards to our knowledge on all things INTERNET, especially for the tamariki placed in our care. It was a great informative evening. …

Otago News – June 2019

Kia ora koutou, The weather has seemed to suddenly get colder and the nights longer! I hope you are all keeping warm and enjoying winter comforts. I have really enjoyed meeting caregivers and their families. One thing that has come up, is that I have met a lot of people who are not Fostering Kids NZ members, who thought Fostering Kids …

North West News – June 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The leaves are dropping, the heaters are on, soup is on the menu again, and I’ve dug out my fluffy PJ’s! As we head into winter mode we have a couple of great events to brighten up the horizon and a new (but old) support group starting. Whanganui Oranga Tamariki site and Fostering Kids New Zealand …

Lower South News – June 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, During May I was focusing on how caring for our tamariki (children) & rangatahi (youth) impacts our entire families. We have had some good discussions around Southland on this topic. We all experience some loss as new people come into our homes and with that may come a little grief. As we all move over …

Extraordinary Care Fund – June Funding Round

The current funding round for the Extraordinary Care Fund closes on 21 June 2019. You can apply to the fund if you are a caregiver who receives the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit (UCB) and have a child who is: wanting to participate in a sport/art’s activity; or showing promise through high achievement for a particular skill or talent; …

Practicing PACE

Jill recently completed the Foundations for Attachment training as part of the LIFT model and can already see the impact it has made to her parenting. Jill began her caregiving journey 12 years ago as she wanted to share a loving, stable home with those children who desperately needed one. She wants to create a safe environment for the children …

Auckland News – May 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) April has sped past at an incredibly quick rate. I had 10 days of annual leave which added to the pace. By now the holidays are over. Well done, you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our lovely ones are at home is a …

Auckland South/Waikato News – May 2019

Kia Ora everyone I have been so humbled to meet some amazing caregivers on my travels with lots of training and support.  The quality of care and support our tamariki (children) are getting is so encouraging. The children coming into care have such complex issues that relate to the trauma, abuse and neglect they have been exposed to. At Fostering …