Youth Advisory Group – Oranga Tamariki

Oranga Tamariki has a unique opportunity available for young people who are in, or have been in, the care of the Chief Executive, Oranga Tamariki, and they need your help to find the right applicants. As part of their commitment to keep young people’s voices at the centre of our work, they are establishing an Oranga Tamariki Youth Advisory Group. …

Family Fun Days

We have 3,000 tickets for children and their families at 32 Family Fun Day events held from November to December throughout New Zealand. In 2018 there are going to be pool parties, ten pin bowling and movies. Family Fun Days are local community events funded by local businesses. They are a great day out for children in foster care, joined by …

Invitation to participate in research

Educational successes of care-experienced young people study Young people who have experienced foster care are invited to participate in a study that will be exploring how young people who have experienced foster care determine educational success. Aim of the research This research aims to gain an understanding of how young people perceive and interpret what success at school is, and …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards – Nominations are Now Open

Do you know an extraordinary caregiver or caregiver couple that takes that extra step to provide the children in their care with encouragement and incredible support? Do you think they deserve to be celebrated acknowledged for the difference they make to the lives of the children in their care. Each year 10 amazing caregivers or caregiver couples are celebrated for …

Updates to Oranga Tamariki Policies

There have been updates to a number of Oranga Tamariki policies including the Caregiver support policy and the Allegations of abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki by caregivers policy. You can see the policies here: Caregiver Support Policy: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/policy/caregivers-support-and-review/ Allegations of abuse, neglect, or harm of Tamariki by Caregivers Policy: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/policy/allegations-against-caregivers/ Did you know Did you know that when a …

Support Groups

Around the country caregivers are getting together to support each other and enjoy each others company.  We have seen a renewed interest in Support Groups and it is encouraging to see groups starting up in new areas. People are telling us that it is easy to set up a new group and it is lovely to receive a ‘supporters pack’ …

Auckland News – October 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I do hope you all enjoyed Te Wiki O te Maori in September (Maori Language Week.) I really enjoyed hearing te reo more frequently on our airwaves and in meetings. I am keen to extend my knowledge of tikanga (custom) and te reo so I embrace any opportunity …

Auckland South/Waikato News – October 2018

Kia ora We’re well into Spring and day light savings has started.  I love this time of year with new potential, new life and longer days to enjoy.  If I didn’t feel and appreciate what winter represents; hibernation, the opportunity to replenish our land (rain!) and definitely more time to reflect; I wouldn’t see all the possibilities Spring brings. The …

Upper North News – October 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Geetings to everyone) Nga mihi nui ki te Whanau Whāngai (Specifically greetings to the Caregiving Family) Te Wiki O te Reo Māori (Māori language week in September) was a reminder that we have three official languages that need space for expression.  You may have noticed that I use te reo because my tūpuna (ancestors) spoke it and …

East Coast News – October 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The year is zooming, by especially now that the weather is warmer. I wish you all a happy school holidays. I hope that you can enjoy lots of outdoor experiences in some of the wonderful nature playgrounds we are blessed with.  Nothing like a dose of nature with an abundance of sensory experiences to calm the …

Central North News – October 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The year is zooming by, especially now that the weather is warmer. I wish you all a happy school holidays. I hope that you can enjoy lots of outdoor experiences in some of the wonderful nature playgrounds we are blessed with.  Nothing like a dose of nature with an abundance of sensory experiences to calm the …

Lower North News – October 2018

Kia ora everyone, WOW… another month has passed.  I love seeing the green appearing on the trees, and the flowers are making an appearance almost everywhere I look. I am looking forward to getting out in the garden, building my first ever polytunnel and getting stuck in, planting my new vegetable patch over the next few weekends. Are you coming …

North West News – October 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/Warm greetings to you all Spring is my favourite time of the year especially with daylight savings. I try to make the most of these long evenings, as it is a great time to do some family activities together. School holidays are a wonderful time for reflecting. Term 3 has been a busy term …

Upper South News – October 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I would like to start by thanking all of you who in some way participated in our Regional Hui, I trust that you went away with some valuable learning that you can apply to caring for the tamariki placed in your care. I also hope that you get …

Canterbury News – October 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner.  Harper Ave is looking stunning with the cherry blossom trees in full bloom.  I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and all that spring brings! One of my favourite quotations is:  When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job …

Lower South News – October 2018

Kia ora Katoa, As I have travelled through the region supporting and training this month I have found myself talking about teaching breathing as a technique to calm big emotions, and to slow down when feeling stressed or anxious. A lot of our children and young people experience anxiety and stress as we do ourselves as their Caregivers. As we …

You’re invited – Annual General Meeting

Fostering Kids NZ (NZ Family and Foster Care Federation Inc.) will be holding their AGM at 2.00pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.  This year’s AGM will be held at Hutt City Baptist Church, 132-146 High St, Lower Hutt 5010.  For those unable to attend the AGM in Lower Hutt, you are invited to join your Regional Coordinator to participate in the AGM and for afternoon …