From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s Message to You

“Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia ki ngā iwi me ngā hapū katoa  “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” to all the tribes and hapū. With the Christmas season already here, the end of the year around the corner, and a new year upon us, it gives us the perfect time to reflect on those things that are truly …

STUDYLINK SUPPORT

If you are a transitional caregiver, and have a young person in care that you are supporting?  Are they thinking of tertiary study next year?   Are they applying for StudyLink?  If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, please give us a call on 0800 693 323 and ask for Stephanie for advice on completing the application form. Our office will …

NATIONAL OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURE

As the year comes to an end with school finishing and plans under way for Christmas, and then the long holiday break, we at Fostering Kids New Zealand wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. For those heading away, safe travels and an extra dose of creativity for those that have six weeks of school holidays to …

Outstanding Achievements

Twenty rangatahi were awarded for their outstanding achievements at the William Wallace Awards on 6 December 2017.  One in particular is special to us and is part of the Fostering Kids NZ family, Courtney McElligott. Courtney received a Leadership Award. “The award means a lot to me.  It means that I can go on the Spirit of Adventure.  The Spirit of Adventure will …

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

Play is not just a time filler between learning opportunities – it is learning. This workshop looks at children’s ‘play’. It explores the importance of play, why children play and the learning behind the play experience. It is a workshop for everyone, as play does or should not stop as we grow. You will have an opportunity to understand different …

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 …

WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY

Windows of Opportunity aims to provide information on when a child is most ready to acquire certain skills. It is vitally important for caregivers to understand that their response to the learning needs of a child aged between 0 to 48 months will hugely impact on a child’s emotional, social and intellectual development. Should a child’s learning be neglected the …

CUSTODY AND GUARDIANSHIP (DISCUSSION SESSION)

The discussion session defines the rights and responsibilities of both guardianship and custody when mokopuna move into care. It also explores the different sorts of guardianship. It is important that caregivers know the appropriate legal status and knowledge for dealing with the needs of the mokopuna who are now a part of the whānau. By the end of this session …

SECURING PERMANENCY

The amendments to the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act, July 2016, aim to simplify the securing of guardianship rights when caregivers decide they want to provide a permanent living arrangement for a mokopuna in their care. These new legal changes allow caregivers to choose which legal orders best suits their own and the mokopuna’s needs in becoming a …

Face Your Future – Registrations OPEN

The L’Oréal Face Your Future event, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ, is aimed at teens in their last year of school, or for those who have already left school.  Established in 2008, it focuses on positive and inspiring stories from people who have pushed through adversity and have succeeded in their lives, businesses or careers. The two-day workshop explores …

BOARD PAYMENTS OVER THE 2017/18 CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Over the holiday season there will be some changes to the regular scheduled board payments. Oranga Tamariki has already sent this information to you directly.  But in case you missed it – The arrangements for board payments over the 2017/2018 Christmas and New Year period are as follows: The board run 4 December for the period 22/11/2017 to 6/12/2017 will include …

Upper South News – December 2017/January 2018

Mere Kirihimete from the Upper South As we quickly approach the holiday season I am reminded as to why I should have had things planned earlier in the year! The weather all over the region has been stunning and hot already, the kids are getting tired, the BBQ needs cleaning, we can find the picnic table but not the legs …

Auckland South Waikato News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia Ora All This month has been another great and busy month supporting caregivers, training and our Family Fun Days at the pools.  The Christmas season can be a stressful time for all, but we need also to be mindful of our children, particularly those in our care.  This may be a time, where they long to be with their …

Lower South News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora everyone It has been a busy end to 2017 with Family Fun days in Dunedin, Queenstown & Invercargill, tickets to the circus in Invercargill, bikes given to some very happy children in Queenstown and Dunedin and now there are Christmas parties and school breakups coming up. I really hope you and your children/young people have been able to …

Canterbury News – December 2017/January 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa I would like to send a very heartfelt appreciation to all of our region’s associations, network & support groups and members for their support over the past six months. I have felt very welcome and extremely valued.  I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year. I hope everyone enjoyed …

Lower North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou Merry Christmas everyone As the year begins to wrap up we’ve been blessed with such wonderful weather – good to see Summer is here and it seems like its early this year with temperatures well above normal.  Its been a huge year on many fronts.  Child, Youth and Family have begun their programme of change with the …

North West News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora Koutou Taking all these stories into consideration shaped my approach to the content of the Northwest Regional Hui held on 14 November 2017.  I felt it was important that caregivers had the opportunity to hear about changes impacting the care sector and Oranga Tamariki caregivers, first hand.  I was thrilled when Site Manager, Frances Farmer, took a personal interest …

East Coast News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whānau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle.  Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  I …

Central North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whanau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well, but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle. Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  …

Auckland North News – December 2017/January 2018

Wishing you all a very Festive Season and I hope the school holidays are filled with fun, laughter and love.  This is our last “Snippets” for the year and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of you at trainings, support groups and events throughout the year. Thank you to YMCA for the opportunity for three of our carer families to …