Canterbury News – August 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all I hope you all enjoyed the school holiday and had lots of adventures.   We certainly had the weather for it, most days were wonderful and sunny! I really have enjoyed facilitating the new updated workshops; Building Secure Attachments, Child Development and Understanding and Supporting Behaviour.  Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their …

Lower South News – August 2018

Kia Ora everyone This month I have been thinking a lot about self-care. We cannot pour from an empty cup…so we need to find ways to keep topping ours up. How do we do that when we have children who have come from a hard place to care for? We have work and relationships to maintain, we have appointments to …

Auckland South/Waikato News – August 2018

Kia ora and Ka Kite ano (Hello and I’ll see you again) As my last week with Fostering Kids NZ has been and gone, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been in this privileged role of supporting caregivers. I just want to say a huge thank you to Fostering Kids New Zealand for the experiences, the learning and …

Update to Benefits from 1 July 2018

From the 1st July 2018 the Orphans or Unsupported Child’s Benefit were increased to match the Caregiver Allowance.  In addition to this those on the Orphans or Unsupported Child’s Benefit should also be receiving a weekly clothing allowance for the children in your care. You do not have to apply for the Clothing Allowance as it will be automatically paid with your …

East Coast News – August 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! First up, you will have received a mailout from our National Office about the changes to Support Groups/Association, changes that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other. Please take the time to consider the invitations and the opportunities presented. Feel free to contact me or Fostering Kids NZ National Office for more …

Auckland News – August 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I have had a whirlwind first month in this new role of Regional Coordinator for the Auckland area. I want to connect with you, your communities / neighbourhoods over time and ask that you feel free to get in touch with me. Fortunately the other Regional Coordinators around Aotearoa …

Central North News – August 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! First up, you will have received a mailout from our National Office about the changes to Support Groups/Association, changes that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other. Please take the time to consider the invitations and the opportunities presented. Feel free to contact me or Fostering Kids NZ National Office for more …

Upper South News – August 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I look out of my office today at the snow-capped hills around Nelson city. It seems that we are about to get the full blast of winter over the next few weeks. I have delivered the first Importance of Play workshop in our region this term.  The P(Playfulness) A(Acceptance) …

North West News – August 2018

Kia ora Koutou Well we really have hit the depths of winter, I hope everybody is taking special care to treat themselves kindly and find something that brings joy in the midst of these short, rainy, cold days! Recently I did some reading on whangai care. One paper in particular by Karen Okeroa McRae and Linda Waimarie Nikora: Whangai: remembering, …

Advocating for Caregivers

Last month we were disappointing to hear Minister Martin and the Children’s Commissioner saying on national TV that Oranga Tamariki had increased support for caregivers and that things were improving.  As the national advocate for caregivers in New Zealand, we spoke with the media. In the past year, we have seen some small areas of improvement, but generally caregivers are …

William Wallace Awards

Nominations for Oranga Tamariki’s annual William Wallace Awards close on Friday 10 August. These awards are a chance to acknowledge the incredible achievements of young people in care who have overcome major obstacles in their life. There are 15 – 20 scholarships available, which value up to $4,000. These scholarships hope to help the recipients to pursue their dreams and …

The Importance of Self-Care

Written by: ROB SURTEES, Therapist, Caring Families Aotearoa (subsidiary of Fostering Kids NZ) As part of the LIFT programme, which includes the Foundations for Attachment training (DDP informed) that Caring Families Aotearoa is delivering around New Zealand, self-care is an essential component.  We know that caregivers are not caring for themselves, as they should.  After attending our Foundations for Attachment training …

Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference

  The second Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD Conference will be held in Perth on 21 & 22 November 2018 – with the theme being “FASD Our Science, Our Stories”. This conference will bring the community together with academia and clinical practitioners in order to share their knowledge of FASD and the latest perspectives on diagnosis and management of …

Upper North News – August 2018

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa (Be well everyone) Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou (Warm greeting to you all) July was a quiet month for me and included a week of annual leave, so I painted a roof. Yes, painting in July (we needed to prepare for solar panels installation). Well that never happened, as we discovered a quarter of the …

Lower North News – August 2018

Kia ora everyone, I do hope everyone had a good school break, and that you managed to make the most of some of the winter sunshine we have had between the rainfall and showers this past month.  I know I keep finding myself singing all the raindrop songs I learnt as a little girl, but then recently there have been …

ReMoved Films

The ReMoved Films have been created with the intent to bring light to the often unknown subjects of Foster Care and Child Abuse/Neglect.  The films are available online to watch for free on YouTube, here is the first in the series. Warning: you may need a box of tissues.

Auckland News – July 2018

Kia ora everyone I’m reminded of the old chant…”rain, rain, go away, come again another day”.  Boy, we’ve had our winter share of liquid falling from the sky already and we’ve got another couple of months to go! New beginnings: I’d like to welcome Anna Gundesen.  Anna is our new Regional Coordinator for Auckland.   Welcome Anna – here’s message about …

Lifting Children Out of Vulnerability

A significant donation from a very kind-hearted woman will enable around 70 caregivers to participate in the Foundations for Attachment course, a much needed caregiver trauma informed therapeutic support programme adopted by Fostering Kids New Zealand. Verity, as she wishes to be known, has always cared deeply about underprivileged children. After studying economics at university she went on to work …

Thank you Z

  We would like to take the time to thank Z Energy for their amazing contribution in the community and to the people who got behind the GOOD IN THE HOOD campaign and voted. Throughout the month of May GOOD IN THE HOOD was held at local Z Stations in order to help raise funds for local community groups like …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s July Korero

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) Today is the 1st of July and it signals an exciting change in our organisation, one that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other.  As of today we are moving from large Associations to smaller support groups that can be set up by any caregiver.  We have already …