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 …

Mokopuna Māori learning opportunity

Here’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge in caring for or working with mokopuna Māori children We are pleased to be able to offer, through our training partnership with Oranga Tamariki, fourteen interactive modules that provide knowledge and skills to increase your bicultural competency.  These are a great learning tool especially if you are caring for a child (mokopuna) who …

Lower North News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone It has been a great few weeks so far, travelling around and getting to meet people in different corners of the Lower North region (and beyond!).  I am hoping to get to meet all of the regions associations sooner rather than later, provide support where I can and see where the rest of 2017 takes us all. …

Auckland South Waikato News – June 2017

Kia Ora all It has been a busy month and I am privileged to be able to be in the position to support caregivers.   Some of the main issues for the month have been around permanency and trying to navigate the changes through the Special Guardianship process. We will continue to keep you updated on how this is going.   …

Lower South News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone, The Lower South had a very successful symposium on Calming Chaos earlier this month. I would like to say a huge thanks to all who supported and helped out on the day. To Judy Larkin, Nicola Atwool, Kay McKenzie and Andrea Greer-special thanks for giving so generously of your time and knowledge. The caregivers who attended were …

East Coast News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone By now some of you may have heard that Cath Jeffares has moved on to support her husband’s new role.  I know she was sad to leave her role, but with her husband’s travel and two boys still at home, Cath felt she wanted to be there for him and her family.  We wish Cath all the …

Upper South News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone As we creep closer to our coldest, wettest months, a friendly reminder to check smoke alarms, gutters for leaves and to clean the filters on your heat pumps for maximum efficiency. Living in our region this winter also means to familiarise yourselves with the current highway changes. The new speed limits on the open roads have changed …

Auckland North News – June 2017

Tēnā koutou I hope for all those mothers out there that you had a lovely Mother’s Day last month and enjoyed celebrating being a foster mum and all the amazing work you do.  Remember if you need support of any kind please contact me. It is definitely sneaking into the colder months now and a real chill is here, so …

North West News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou How’s your month been? Full of ups and downs? Maybe it’s been really challenging? We know as adults that challenges are an ongoing part of our lives.  Sometimes no matter how much effort we put into something or how true our intentions are, sometimes things just don’t work out the way we hope, or seem fair, or, …

Canterbury News – June 2017

Kia ora For those of you who have not already heard, I am the new Regional Coordinator for the Canterbury region.  Ko wai to ingoa (my name is) Lorraine Murray.  I have a background working in mental health, addictions, criminal justice and with vulnerable women. My husband and I have been respite/relief caregivers for the last three years. Ngā  mihi …

Upper North News – June 2017

Hi everyone, I hope you are keeping warm and cosy and enjoying the time reading or watching DVDs in our cooler three months.  I am compiling a list of DVD’s and books that are interesting and relevant to foster carers and children/young people in care. If you know of some titles please email me and I will put them on …

Central North News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou Seasons are definitely changing as winter is well on its way and as we head to the middle of the year and feel the chillier months.  Things are changing for me too.  I’m going to have the privilege of working full time for Fostering Kids New Zealand very soon as I will be extending the regional areas …

Parental controls and monitoring internet usage

As part of a our partnership with Netsafe, Fostering Kids NZ is proud to present the second part in a series for caregivers who want to learn more about keeping children and young people safe online. This month, we discuss parental controls and other ways to monitor your children’s activity online. Watch Netsafe expert Sean Lyons discuss the issue here – …

Garden to Table inspiration for our kids

Linda Taylor is a Home for Life mum to a 13 year old girl – the youngest of three teenagers in her household. Linda is also the CEO of Garden to Table – a charity which aims to change the way children think about food. The Garden to Table programme – which runs in schools around the country – teaches students …

Meet Jennifer Hanson – you might have already talked to her on the phone!

Chances are, if you call National Office, Jennifer Hanson is the first person you will speak to. Jennifer handles membership enquiries, monitors our Facebook pages, and provides administrative assistance to the critical support team, events, the associations and the key contacts. Jennifer is mum to three boys (9 months,  9, 10) and a girl (5) – as she says, it …

Lower South News – May 2017

Kia Ora All I sincerely hope you and yours all made it safely through the recent cyclones. It is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a hurry what would that look like and what would you take? Here is a link to use as a prompt: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit. …

East Coast – May 2017

Kia ora everyone I sincerely hope you and yours all made it safely through the recent cyclones. It is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a hurry what would that look like and what would you take? The recent cyclones that have blasted various parts of …