Canterbury News – September 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa I hope you are all enjoying the change in the weather and managing to get some sunshine! I have just got back from the Understanding and Managing Behaviour workshop in Timaru, which was well attended.  I hope everyone got something from the workshop, I know I did and I thank you all for your contributions to the …

Central North News – September 2017

Kia ora koutou Trust you are all well, although I know there’s been lots of winter sicknesses that have affected many of your families. There have been turbulent and exciting political times lately with lots of topical meetings being held such as: “Closing the Gap” held a few weeks ago at The Mount which raised, once again, the housing crisis …

Oranga Tamariki Act 1989

As you may know, the government have amended the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation. The bill covers a wide range of legislative reforms to support the new operating model for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. From 1 April it extended the statutory age of care and protection to under 18, instead of under 17. …

General Election Overview…

Researching the policies of all the political parties, we were unable to find any direct mention to children in care or foster care support. So our CEO, Linda Surtees, asked the portfolio holders for children from National (Minister Anne Tolley) and Labour (Jacinda Ardern) what caregivers could expect from a National or Labour government over the next three years.  Here are …

Family Group Homes

Over the past few months, Fostering Kids New Zealand have been advocating for the family group home caregivers and the conditions in their agreements.  A meeting was recently held in Auckland and concerns were raised about the current contract/agreement. Oranga Tamariki are now reviewing the current agreement in consultion with Fostering Kids NZ about the content. It is heartening to see group …

Update from Oranga Tamariki

Remaining / Returning to Care up to 21yrs Last month the second stage of major reform to New Zealand’s care and protection system passed into law. This means a young person can remain with a caregiver, or return to care whether that be with a caregiver or other supported living arrangement until the age of 21, with transition support available to …

Caregiver Member Survey

It’s time to have your say again.  Fostering Kids NZ surveys our caregiver members and provides the results to the decision makers and various agencies.  This is your best avenue to inform the planning of both Fostering Kids NZ and the Ministry. If you are a caregiver member of Fostering Kids NZ and have not received an email with the …

Auckland South Waikato News – September 2017

Kia Ora All This month I had the pleasure of meeting with our South Auckland and Waikato/Hauraki Key contacts. We have some very passionate and wonderful people on our team. Sadly though, we have had to say goodbye to Wendy-May Scott who has had to resign from the role due to family matters.  Thanks for all your hard work Wendy-May …

Upper North News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou We said farewell to Judi Oliver a couple of weeks ago.  Fostering Kids NZ wants to acknowledge all the work, positive relationships and connections that Judi formed in her time as Regional Coordinator.  We wish her all the best for her future endeavours and journey. Judi will still be delivering our National Caregiver Training Programme over the …

Upper South News – September 2017

Kia ora koutou I think we are getting a sniff of spring with the longer evenings and the odd warm day. Those that suffer from hay fever and allergies won’t be overly impressed with the waves of pollen getting blown about. It was fabulous to see so many Marlborough caregivers and families attend the mid-winter dinner in Blenheim early last …

Lower North News – September 2017

Kia ora koutou Is it me or is it getting warmer? Nope, it’s just me. However, there seems to be more sunlight so things must be heading in the right direction. I hope all of you are well and looking forward to the coming month when we have our conference!! I’m looking forward to meeting more of you and to …

Auckland North News – September 2017

Tēnā koutou Well it is slowly starting to warm up and it is officially SPRING.  Only 17 weeks till Christmas, wow! Our Regional Hui was a huge success with great numbers and fabulous speakers.  We have had great feedback on the event and I hope all that attended got something out of it and also enjoyed all the donated goodies …

20 is Plenty

A survey by the University of Otago School of Pharmacy has shown that up to 60% of Dunedin people were unaware that, after paying for 20 prescription items, they become exempt from prescription charges for funded medicine.  Even fewer people were aware the subsidy applied to families as a group. If you’ve paid for 20 prescriptions in a year (from …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards – 2018 Nominations now open

  Do you know a caregiver or caregiver couple who go the extra mile to provide care, support and encouragement to the children that are or have been in their care? Nominations are now open for the 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Fostering Kids New Zealand has been recognising the extraordinary work that caregivers do by celebrating the Excellence in Foster Care awards annually …

Lower South News – September 2017

Kia ora everybody We so often hear about social media in relation to our children and young people’s safety and mental health, and I received this information just this week from John Parson. He has now written a book, has a brochure about it and also a short clip…please see below for the details and links. I think it would …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s September Message to You

Tēnā koutou katoa Studylink update You may have read on our facebook page the update I posted about Studylink. As you may be aware, we have been advocating for change to the way caregivers are means tested when our young people want to further their study and apply for Studylink.  I have met with Minister Tolley, she was very sympathetic …

North West News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou I hope the 3rd school term is going well for both caregivers and the children in your care. The shorter days invariably see children spending a lot more time cooped up inside. This may mean spending more energy managing screen time and the concerns that this raises. A helpful resource a colleague shared with me recently is …

East Coast News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou Trust you are well in these turbulent and exciting political times! No doubt there are lots of events and news in your local areas trying to influence your vote. Association Information Tairawhiti (Gisborne) Association A Morning Tea was held on 16 August.  We all enjoyed the thought provoking video of The Healing Brain.  It helped us understand …

Auckland South Waikato News – August 2017

Kia Ora koutou This month I had the opportunity to meet with most of the Caregiver Social Workers who work for Oranga Tamariki and Non-Government Organisations. I thought you might be interested at what was discussed during our day together: •     Our topic was ‘Voices of Children in Care’. We had some great speakers from VOYCE-speaking about the …

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round is a pre-loved and new children’s clothing shop located in Christchurch. They are happy to courier anywhere in New Zealand. Merry Go Round has a wide range of girls and boys clothing from newborn to seven years at fabulous prices.  All garments are fastidiously sorted to ensure they are stain free and there are no rips.  Garments …