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 …

Lower North News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone This month, we’re pleased to introduce our new Lower North Regional Co-ordinator/Team Leader John Collett. A recent arrival from the UK, John has spent his career in social services helping vulnerable people. A qualified social worker and an experienced trainer – John has worked with young people moving out of the care system for much of the …

Auckland North News – May 2017

Tēnā koutou Hope you all had a lovely Easter and didn’t consume too much chocolate (but if you did, good on you, you deserve it). In April we started our new North Shore support groups and we hope these will take off over the coming months. We are celebrating Mother’s Day (14th May) and this especially includes you as a …

Upper North News – May 2017

Hi everyone I hope you had a fabulous Easter break and are not too exhausted now that the children are heading back to school for Term Two. To My Foster Parents with Love I came into your lives a lost and lonely child, Full of anger and resentment, Overwhelmed with fear and confusion. Yet you took me into your home, …

Central North News – May 2017

Kia ora koutou Greetings seem to begin with the weather lately!  I hope the cyclone didn’t affect anyone too badly – only one tree down at my place.  However, on the bright side, The Central North is looking very lush and green. Nga Mihi Gonny Ormsby Central North Regional Coordinator Cell: 027 501 0393 Email: centralnorth@nullfosteringkids.org.nz Association News Bay of Plenty …

Auckland South Waikato News – May 2017

Kia Ora all This year is going way to fast and we have a lot coming up. Our conference this year will be held in Christchurch on 28–29th September 2017. It will again be an amazing event.  Start planning now, while flights are cheap. Go to our website for more information;  http://fosteringkids.org.nz/events-2/national-conference/. We want to welcome the new service; Oranga …

Canterbury News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone This month we’re very pleased to introduce our new Regional Coordinator for Canterbury Lorraine Murray. Lorraine has a background working in mental health, addictions, criminal justice and with vulnerable women. Lorraine and her husband have been respite caregivers for the last three years. Lorraine is learning Te reo Māori to help connect with the children she provides respite …

North West News – May 2017

Kia ora koutou katoa It’s amazing how many times I’ve used the phrase ‘time poor’ this term. Busyness seems to be epidemic! In other words, we have heaps of stuff to do and we don’t have enough time to do it! Sometimes we just don’t know how to say no and sometimes we don’t have the mindfulness or space to …

Upper South News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone Now that the school holidays are over and we’re all settling back into the school routines, I hope you manage to take a breather! The recent cyclones that have blasted various parts of the country is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a …

Does your insurance cover you as a caregiver?

If you haven’t told your insurer that you are a caregiver, it may impact on future claims. As we all know, when we invite a vulnerable child into our home – there are multiple challenges and rewards. There is also a lot to organise at the start! During the settling in period, it can be easy to overlook things like …

From the CEO’S desk – Linda’s monthly message

It’s now a month since all the changes in our sector were announced. Talking to our members out in the community, I’ve been reminded how confusing these changes can be for people who don’t deal with Government on a daily basis. The new organisations Just to clarify – the new Government organisation which has taken over from Child, Youth and …

2017 Conference: International speakers announced

Fostering Kids NZ is proud to announce two of the keynote speakers for our 2017 conference: “Celebrating Foster Care,” to be held on September 28 and 29 in Christchurch. We’re excited to have secured the speaking talents of two Psychologists from the United States. Both have extensive experience in the process of healing children who have experienced trauma as a …

How much time should your children spend online?

As part of a new partnership with Netsafe, Fostering Kids NZ is proud to present the first in a series for caregivers who want to learn more about keeping children and young people safe online. This month, we ask the question: how much time should your children spend online? (spoiler alert – there is no magic number, but there are …

Andeana’s powerful birthday message

This year, Fostering Kids NZ Critical Support Manager Andeana Pilalis celebrated her birthday during L’Oréal “Face Your Future” – the inspirational programme for care-experienced young people held in partnership between L’Oréal NZ and Fostering Kids NZ. We marked Andeana’s special day with flowers and a cake. Of course there was also the obligitory ‘Happy Birthday’ song – led by the one and only …

Highlights from “Face Your Future” 2017

In late April, care-experienced young-people from around the country got a unique opportunity to think about who and what they want to be, as participants in the annual “L’Oréal Face Your Future” programme– a partnership with L’Oréal New Zealand and Fostering Kids NZ. “Face Your Future” is a two day inspirational event designed to get young people thinking about life after …

Are you eligible for Paid Parental Leave?

Taking on the permanent care of a child under six? Find out about how you could get paid while on parental leave for up to 18 weeks: If you take on the permanent primary care of a child under six, and take leave from employment to do it, you are eligible for Paid Parental Leave (PPL). This entitlement used to …

Meet some of the people behind VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

In the latest episode of our online radio show – ‘The Carecast’ – we meet some of the people behind VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – a new connection and advocacy service for care experienced children and young people. Our communications advisor Alistair Wilkinson compiled the report. Here’s what he found: Saturday the First of April 2017 saw the launch of …

Voices of the care experienced.

As part of the launch of VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – some of the care experienced young people involved have been sharing their stories. Here is what Renne said about her childhood – and what she’s doing now. Tupua will be a familiar face to those of you who were at conference in 2016 – where he got a standing …

How we’re advocating on your behalf

Our team at National Office is committed to providing a strong voice for you within Government. What follows is a list of the key ways we are working with officials in the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, to ensure your needs are met.