From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s June Korero

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) As the cold weather rolls in with the arrival of winter, it brings running noses, boxes of tissues and big warm jackets, it is important to remember to look after yourselves. I cannot stress enough how important self care is as we can only give as much of ourselves to the children in …

Better Support for Caregivers

Fostering Kids NZ currently has over 5000 members and we do not feel that the current structure of the Associations is reaching and supporting as many members as we would hope. From 1 July we are introducing a new support structure that will be more accessible to caregivers and meet their needs more appropriately. The new structure incorporates the Regional Coordinator, …

Extraordinary Care Fund

If you receive the Unsupported Child or Orphan’s Benefit for a child in your care, you are eligible to apply to the Extraordinary Care Fund (ECF) for a grant of up to $2,000 in each financial year (1 July to 31 June). As this financial year comes to an end, you should take the opportunity to send your application in!! …

Bogus Caller?

Fostering Kid NZ uses a number of methods to raise funds to support, train and advocate for our members.  We partner with external organisations that phone people on our behalf, asking for donations. There are a number of reasons why a person may be contacted – often they have ‘opted in’ after completing an on-line survey or something similar. If …

Clothing Allowance

In this year’s budget $104.9m of new operating funding over the next four years is earmarked to provide a clothing allowance for children on the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit.  It will be paid at the same rate as the clothing allowance provided for children in foster care. This funding was approved a couple of years ago and is finally …

Auckland South/Waikato News – June 2018

Kia Ora All.. The month of May has been extremely busy with the Z Good in the Hood promotion.  It is exciting to be working with the amazing Aiga Team.    They are wanting to continue to work with us, not only in the month of May, but contribute towards some events and projects within our region.  I will keep you …

Lower South News – June 2018

  Kia Ora All Gosh already June, the time does go so fast… It is with great sadness and sorrow that I share that the Roxburgh Stand Children’s Village – (formally the Roxburgh children’s health Camp) is closing in July 2018. I have a personal connection to this place and know lots of you do too. I know our Grandparents …

Canterbury News – June 2018

Canterbury Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all Wow that was a quick change from summer to autumn/winter, I hope you all survived the snap of bad weather, especially those winds!  As the season has changed it is a timely reminder to check our smoke alarms and our heat pumps and fire maintenance for the coming colder months. The first new …

Upper South News – June 2018

Welcome to the Upper South news for June! 6 months into the year already and things don’t seem to be slowing down. We were lucky to have VOYCE – Whakaronga Mai come to Nelson in the school holidays and offer our Caregiving families a fabulous day at ProKarts. It was a huge amount of fun and I think we were …

Lower North News – June 2018

Kia ora all Some good news to share from us.  We are in the final stages of appointing a Regional Coordinator for our region.  We are aiming for a July start date.  I’ll update you more next month.  It was such a loss to our organisation and his family when we lost John last year.  We miss him and have …

North West News – June 2018

Kia ora Koutou Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day and you were appreciated for how important you are in the life of your family/whanau! We have a new member to our household, a six-month old puppy. Evie joins our 2 ½ year old dog. It’s been an opportunity to put on my therapeutic hat with a dog that …

East Coast News – June 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and will be cosy, warm and dry for the next three months. “Good in the Hood” Thanks for filling up during May at Z Gisborne, Z Windsor & Z Karamu Rd and voting to fundraise for Fostering Kids NZ by putting your orange token in the Fostering …

Central North News – June 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and that you will be warm, dry and cosy for the next three months. “For the Greater Good” This was a symposium for the Social Service sector I attended and was held in Tauranga on 14 May.  Many agencies were represented including the Mayor for Western Bay …

Auckland News – June 2018

Kia ora all Just to keep you in the loop, we are in the process of recruiting for the Auckland Regional Coordinator position for the region.  We are aiming for a mid June start date.  I’ll update you more next month.  Many, many thanks to the wonderful key contacts who have stepped up and been supporting caregivers while we have …

Upper North News – June 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa nga kaitiaki a Tamariki Mokopuna (Warm greetings to all you Carers of Tamariki Mokopuna) May has been all about play, play and more play.  The two Importance of Play workshops I’ve facilitated since last Snippets were received with enthusiasm by all participants. The P(Playfulness) A(Acceptance) C(Curiosity) E(Empathy) approach makes a lot of sense …

Therapeutic Parenting

Therapeutic parenting is a general term given to ways of parenting children that offers a healing environment alongside the parenting that all children need. Children are helped to feel safe so that they can recover from past trauma or distress alongside helping them to fulfil their developmental potential (Kim S. Golding, 2017). Therapeutic parenting helps a tamaiti (child) recover from trauma …

General Information

In recent months, we have been supporting a number of caregivers who have attended a family meeting and left that meeting with a child and no formal steps have taken place.  While we understand the emotion behind taking a child home with you, especially if they are a family member, if you accept this then you or that child may …

Upper North News – May 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) On 4 April I facilitated the Identity and Belonging workshop in Whangarei. The learning from the workshop emphasised the level of grief and loss felt by the three main parties in the care situation and all participants agreed this process is not easy on anyone. We had a …

Auckland North News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou While we are finding a replacement for the Auckland North Regional Coordinator position, I’m (Stephanie) writing the Snippets. If there’s anything I’ve missed about what’s happening in the area, let me know via email (support@nullfosteringkids.org.nz). By now the holidays are over,  well done you if you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our …

Central North News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I had the pleasure, along with several excited teens in care from Tauranga, to attend the L’Oréal Face Your Future event on the 19 – 20 April.  You may have seen the 7 Sharp feature on TV midway in April.  At the L’Oréal Face Your Future, the teens were “made over” in readiness for meeting with various professions/industry leaders. …