New Caregiver Support Plans

Under Part Three of the National Care Standards, all Oranga Tamariki caregivers are entitled to an assessment and support plan to help them meet the needs of children and young people in their care.  It is our understanding that all 396 Providers (Care Agencies) will have something similar in their practice. Creating your Caregiver Support Plan with your Caregiver Social …

Do you need a break?

Respite can be a much-needed service for care families. It allows caregivers and their children to get a break, it can help prevent burnout, or in Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP), help prevent blocked-care. A poorly planned respite weekend can cause stress for everyone involved; respite provider, the child, and the care family. Respite needs to be carefully considered and planned. …

Advanced Therapeutic Training

Wow! – what a privilege it was to co-facilitate this programme. Sally and myself (Rob), Caring Families Aotearoa a division of Fostering Kids NZ, piloted the Nurturing Attachments programme in Christchurch during June and July. Fourteen participants attended over the eight weeks. All participants had completed the Foundations for Attachment programme and the continuing support groups prior to attending this …

Training Review – NCTP

As part of ensuring that the National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) remains a high-quality learning experience, Oranga Tamariki are currently undertaking a review of the modules to make sure that all current legislation is covered. It is important that the material we deliver is current and accurate to effectively support caregivers. On July 1 substantial changes to the Oranga Tamariki …

Foster Mum Making Memories

A few months ago, eleven-year-old Ionie wrote to us about how much she appreciates her foster Mum Debbie, who cares for her and her three siblings. Here is what she had to say: Please note: The names in this post have been changed to protect the family.

Auckland News – August 2019

Kia ora koutou katoa/ Greetings to you all, Well we really have hit the depths of winter! I hope everybody is taking special care to treat themselves kindly and find something that brings joy during these short, rainy, cold days! I certainly found some joy in the Matariki activities that I attended with the whanau over July. How fortunate are …

Upper North News – August 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all Regional Committee Events A big thanks to those who attended these recently, it was great to see you all. Special thanks to Molly Rapana and Karen Browne for accepting the challenge to help me with these Regional events. I’m hoping another one or two will join us on …

Auckland South/Waikato News – August 2019

Kia ora everyone,   Brrrr!  I’ve certainly noticed the change in temperature over the last month. My body is climatising back to New Zealand winters. I trust you are all keeping warm over these winter months.  School holidays can often be challenging times for families and whanau. The change and / or absence of routine can be triggering. We are not always …

North West News – August 2019

Kia ora, It’s finally starting to sink in (as I start preparing this newsletter) that a long-planned event in my own life is getting very close. In the third week of August I head overseas for an extended period, returning late October. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to take some time out from the busyness of daily …

Central North News – August 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! School holidays can often be challenging times for families and whanau. The change and / or absence of routine can be triggering. We are not always well prepared for what children present to us emotionally, mentally or physically. Perhaps you are feeling relieved that the school term is back into swing or maybe your child struggles …

East Coast News – August 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! School holidays can often be challenging times for families and whanau. The change and / or absence of routine can be triggering. We are not always well prepared for what children present to us emotionally, mentally or physically. Perhaps you are feeling relieved that the school term is back into swing or maybe your child struggles …

Upper South News – August 2019

Kia ora Te Whanau, Another month goes by and school holidays are now behind us. I hope they all went well! No doubt several of you would have had calls over the holidays to place children in your care and it is a sobering thought to know that our tamariki don’t always have the holidays to look forward to. So, …

Lower North News – August 2019

Kia ora everyone, Wow! Are we really into August already? I hope that everyone has now settled back into the routine of school life after the holidays last month. Did you do anything exciting? I don’t know if you know, but we have a private Facebook group that our Caregiver members can join. It’s a place of sharing and supporting. …

Canterbury News – August 2019

Kia ora everyone, NEWS: Regional Coordinator and Office Move I am excited to let you know that we have appointed Nicole McLean as your new Regional Coordinator for the Canterbury Region! Nicole will be starting mid-August and will send an email out to you to introduce herself.  We have moved our Christchurch Fostering Kids NZ office. Our new office will …

Otago News – August 2019

Kia ora koutou, Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) We are now past the shortest day so we should start to see more sunshine.  Although, watch out for that current nasty cold snap coming through, just after we have put our winter things away. It seems to surprise us every year! I have had …

Lower South News – August 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, Wishing you all warm greetings as the frost and winter winds are biting outside! I’m hoping you’ve been able to fight off the cold and viruses about this winter. I thought this was a good opportunity to remind caregivers of what “Guardianship” means when it comes to everyday decisions concerning the children in our …

Canterbury News – July 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa te Matariki nei-Te Tau Hou Māori/ Warm Greetings to You All this Matariki-The Māori New Year, I was lucky enough to attend the Otautahi and Christchurch wide caregiver event recently. Great to hear Rachael Hohaia, Oranga Tamariki South Operations Manager for the new Care Teams, speak about the New National Care Standards and the …

Central North News – July 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust all is going well with Matariki celebrations/remembrances in your region. It is so lovely to have something to look forward to in these winter months. I just want to highlight that many caregivers can often feel isolated as friends, whānau and other parents don’t understand the challenges to this selfless role. This is why getting together …

Upper South News – July 2019

Kia ora koutou, Wishing you all warm greetings as the frost and winter winds are biting outside! As this issue comes to you there will already be a number of you affected by viruses and winter illness. I hope you have managed to keep these at bay, but if like me you have been caught short by the unavailability of the …

Lower South News – July 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, Wow, we are half way through the year already. We have past the shortest day, had the winter-fest in Queenstown, the mid-winter swim at Oreti beach, the Southland Fostercare Mid-Winter Dinner in Invercargill and the Fostercare Support Group Matariki celebrations in Gore and Alexandra. It was so good to catch up with you all …