Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2018

Kia Ora All. It has been a busy and exciting month, with lots happening with Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week. I would like to formally acknowledge John and Mary-Ann Tahitahi for receiving an Excellence in Foster Care Award this year at Parliament.  This is well deserved and I am delighted you have been able to receive this huge …

Central North News – April 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week started the last month with a great focus.  I hope the events in your area went well.  “The Big Splash” at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua organised by Bay of Plenty Association was a fun filled day for all those who attended. Unlimited boat rides over and down the waterfall, …

East Coast News – April 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week started the last month with a great focus.  I hope the events in your area went well. Hopefully we have seen the last of the cyclones.  The last two were thankfully not too severe, although I did see some damage on my way into Napier on the Taupo/Napier highway. …

Upper North News – April 2018

  After six months in this role I’m qualified to deliver five NCTP workshops so I’m almost half way through my training as a Regional Coordinator.  Thanks to all who have attended training and given such encouraging feedback.  I’m grateful for your engagement and patience as we’ve had a few technological glitches to manage!  In April, I am attending training …

Upper South News – April 2018

Kia Ora Whanau, We have had a busy few weeks in the Upper South with Foster Care Awareness Week and workshops. I haven’t forgotten the Marlborough region but time schedules have meant that I haven’t yet been able to get there. It has been encouraging to see carergivers increasingly engaging in support groups and we now have a venue and …

Canterbury News – April 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/ Hello everyone Wow, I can’t believe we are a quarter of the way through the year already!   I had a wonderful time at my first Excellence in Foster Care awards on Friday 9 March at Parliament.  May I just add my congratulations to all ten amazing recipients of this year’s awards, it was wonderful to hear all …

Lower South News – April 2018

Kia Ora Everyone, A special big reminder to all that you are doing an extraordinary job looking after the children you have in your care. It is not always easy; please give yourself a huge hug and some special self-care. Remember as the flight attendant says – “put on your own oxygen mask first then that of your child”. If …

Auckland North News – April 2018

Tena koe to all. Firstly, I want to thank all the caregivers that made it to our Celebration Dinner during Foster Care Awareness week. I have included some photos of the night, where everyone’s feedback showed that they had lots of fun and really enjoyed themselves.  Huge thanks to all that donated prizes on the night….Z Energy, Snow Planet, Bunnings, …

Lower North News – April 2018

Kia ora everyone Wow, what a whirlwind of a month March was.  There were many opportunities around the region to join in on the ‘Children’s Day’ events and then celebrating during Foster Awareness Week.  The busy and fun week culminated with the national Excellence In Foster Care awards on 9 March at Parliament, Wellington.  Ten great caregivers across New Zealand …

North West News – April 2018

It’s been a busy month with a great way to start with Foster Care Awareness Week and regional trainings in full swing. A big ‘thank you’ to the caregivers who came along and supported Mana Williams’ visit to New Plymouth. On greeting Mana for the first time, I was struck by his mild but determined manner. Mana volunteered his time …

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

CEO’s Kōrero (conversation) … The ongoing question for us at Fostering Kids NZ is – are we doing the best for our members? As an organisation, we evolved from the ground up. In 1976, a group of caregivers came together to support each other and to have a collective voice. From small beginnings, we are now a national organisation, supporting …

Update to benefits

If you are receiving the Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Foster Care Allowance you can expect there to be two increases in upcoming months.  These increases will happen automatically.  From the 1 April 2018 there will be a CPI increase  and from 1 July 2018 there will be a further increase.  In total, the rates of Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported …

Getting a bank account – a response in rhyme!!!

I am 16, nearly 17, in your care and wanting to open a bank account –  what it’s like ‘to not exist’ as a legitimate person – just a  no-one! So you’ve asked what it takes –  to get an ID To prove I exist –  that I am the ‘Real Me’ I can’t get a job –  because IRD …

What Is Developmental Trauma

With the advances in neuroscience and the ability to map what is occurring in the human brain, we are now able to understand the impact of abuse, and neglect on the human brain for our tamariki/children in care. Hundreds of studies have shown us that children who suffer many adverse life experiences suffer damage to brain development. The term ‘developmental  trauma’ …

A Message From Oranga Tamariki

National Care Standards A set of proposed care standards have been developed through wide consultation with care-experienced children and young people, families and whānau, caregivers, Oranga Tamariki staff and care providers. Oranga Tamariki have been working on developing a new care standards document which will set out the relevant requirements in existing legislation as well as the requirements that will …

The Importance of Play

We are very excited to introduce a new one day workshop to the National Caregiver Training Programme. The workshop will discuss how early learning is the core of social relationships, creativity and innovation. It will look at different play experiences and how these contribute to a child’s development and potential. Caregivers will have the opportunity to explore different tactile experiences …

Congratulations – 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Recipients

On Friday 9 March 2018 extraordinary caregivers, three individuals and seven couples, from around the country flew to Wellington to be recognised at the Excellence in Foster Care Awards by Minister Tracey Martin at a moving ceremony at Parliament.    The caregivers were supported by friends and families who had come to Wellington to show their support and to help …

Congratulations to Brenda and Malcolm Yorston

2018 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Malcolm and Brenda have been caregivers for over 35 years with the couple repeatedly described as people who are prepared to go the extra mile. Their care journey began in Christchurch, inspired by Brenda’s mother who was also a caregiver, before they moved to Auckland. They have had more than 100 children …

Congratulations to Linda and Robert Jones

2018 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Being the first foster parents for what is now known as Family Works in Invercargill, Linda and Robert have cared for over 100 children in their 26 years as caregivers. Linda and Robert are experienced in long-term, short-term, regular respite care, and caring for children with disabilities. The Joneses are known for …

Congratulations to Tracy and Phil Inwood

2018 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Tracy and Phil have been caregivers in Christchurch for 19 years. In their time as caregivers, they have had over 100 children in their care. They have offered emergency, respite, short and long-term care, often making themselves available for placements with not much notice. Tracy and Phil have been described as laidback …