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 …

“You Ask Why I Act As I Do”

You ask why I act as I do – My screaming, throwing, hitting – I think that I should know, But I don’t know. My actions – they call them, compulsive, impulsive, repulsive – Keep bursting out, of some nameless, chaotic, broken place that you call my ‘self’. You say that they are intentional, though I don’t know if I’ve …

Earlybird Registrations Closing Soon

Fostering Kids New Zealand’s conference is New Zealand’s premier conference for caregivers and people who work with children in care. With an exciting line-up of international and local speakers, the conference presents a rare opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, some of the most dynamic minds in the caregiving field. This year we’ll be at the Rydges, Christchurch …

Resources from Oranga Tamariki

It is important that all Foster caregivers are familiar with the policies around caring for children. The Foster Care Handbook gives a brief overview of some of these policies.  You can request a copy from your Social Worker or download it from the Oranga Tamariki website using this link –  https://mvcot.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Caregivers-A4-handbook.pdf Andeana Pilalis, Critical Support Manager at Fostering Kids NZ, …

East Coast News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou I trust the school holidays were enjoyed by all and that by now you are all back into usual routines. There was quite a cold snap in the area with snow on the Napier/Taupo Road.  Hoping its all clear and open when I come through in early September! Luckily the Waioeka Gorge doesn’t close that often.  Touch …

Upper North News – August 2017

Kia ora all It is with very mixed feelings that I let you know that I am leaving the position of Regional Coordinator for Fostering Kids NZ to take up more hours working for Jigsaw North in Whangarei as a Child & Family Therapist. I will still be running some training sessions for Fostering Kids NZ, so I hope to …

Central North News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou Back to school!  I trust the holidays went well for you all. Are you a member of our Central North Facebook closed page for caregiver members?  Here is the link.  You will find interesting articles and it is a place to connect for specific support. The posts are about notices of meetings, events relevant to caregivers, articles …

Lower South News – August 2017

Kia ora everyone Love is a constant process of tuning in, connecting, missing and misreading cues, disconnecting, repairing and finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again minute to minute and day to day. Dr Sue Johnson Our kids need to know that our love is unconditional, that there is always a …

Canterbury News – August 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa I hope everyone is managing to stay warm and the younger ones enjoyed any snow that fell in your area.…  Kia kaha Aotearoa it will soon be spring! Foster Hope inform me that they have again been running a very successful pyjama drive.  If you require pyjamas for the children in your care, please contact Ngarie Worsley …

Upper South News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou As I write this, the first of the winter snow is falling south of here and roads are closed. We are definitely in the winter months now. Take care and plan alternative arrangements if the weather keeps causing barriers to your travel.  I hope the school holidays passed without too much disruptions. Some of my days were …

Lower North News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou Time to fight the winter blues by thinking ahead to the new term. I’m hoping to get to see people when I’m out and about delivering training. We’re running evening sessions in Lower Hutt to encourage those who can’t make it during the day or who work to attend. There are also day workshops in Palmerston, Porirua …

North West News – August 2017

Kia ora Koutou In this month’s Snippets I want to promote the value of ‘Life Story Books’ and encourage you to attend Kylie McDonagh-Parker’s (Taranaki’s Caregiver Association Key Contact) workshop on 26 August in New Plymouth. Do you collect and keep a record of school, personal and family keepsakes, dates and significant happenings in the life of your child in …

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

Caregiver Support Over the last few months, I have become aware through our Allegation and Critical Support services that an increasing number of caregivers are providing care under very trying and stressful circumstances. As an advocacy service, we believe that the caregiver’s well-being and knowledge is paramount to providing a safe, secure, stable and loving home for the children placed …

Studylink Allowances

We have become aware that if you are providing transitional care to a young person leaving care and as caregivers decide you would like to continue to emotionally support them, you, as transitional caregivers can be subject to ‘income testing’, if the young person is applying to Studylink and in particular the Independent Circumstances Allowance. Under the current policy it …

Foundations for Attachment training in the far North

Last month Rob Surtees and Sally Moffatt were privileged to deliver the Foundation for Attachment programme to Ngapuhi Social Services caregivers and social workers in Kaikohe. This opportunity not only provided Ngapuhi caregivers with new knowledge and understanding, but also allowed for their cultural input into the content and usability for Maori caregivers and children. The programme was delivered over three …

Auckland North News – August 2017

Kia ora By now the children and young people will back at school and term three will be under way.  I hope that you all managed to have some lovely ‘together’ time over the holidays.  I have just arrived back from a refreshing and fun holiday.  Sometimes as caregivers we just have to treat ourselves. I am organising an Auckland …

Auckland North News – July 2017

Tēnā koutou I hope everyone is keeping warm and finding fun things to do in this cold and wet season. I love winter for its fireplaces, heaters, soups and fleecy pyjamas.  Foster Hope has again been running amazing pyjama drives, so get in touch with myself if you require some for the children in your care, as I will be …

Meet Christine Williams – our training coordinator

If you’ve booked in for training with Fostering Kids NZ, you may have already had the pleasure of dealing with our training coordinator Christine Williams. Christine is responsible for organising the schedule, monitoring registrations, responding to enquiries, and keeping in touch with caregivers, social workers and other interested parties. We sat down with Christine to learn a little more about …

Upper North News – July 2017

”Love is a constant process of Tuning in, Connecting,  Missing and Misreading cues, Disconnecting, Repairing and Finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again. Minute to minute and day to day.”   Dr Sue Johnson. Winter is upon us and I hope you and yours are well and warm. I understand that it …