LIFT Success

Caring Families Aotearoa, a division of Fostering Kids New Zealand, recently delivered the Foundations for Attachment training to ten caregivers on the West Coast. Foundations for Attachment is a Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP) informed programme that helps caregivers to understand why the children and young people in their care do what they do.  We need to understand what is …

Conference 2019

There is just over six months until our National Conference and planning is well underway. Keep yourself free on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 October (the first week of Term 4) and join us at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland. We have some exciting international speakers coming and will have a great line up of national speakers. Registrations …

Congratulations

In recognition of their long-term commitment to the care sector and to our organisation, Chirstchurch caregivers Graeme and Gwenda Swinney are now officially Life Members of Fostering Kids NZ. Here at Fostering Kids NZ, we want to show our appreciation of these amazing caregivers and of all they have contributed. Gwenda has been a critical support worker since the service …

Upper North News – April 2019

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week March started with a shout out for the Tamariki  (Whangārei Children’s Day at the Pulse) and then a BBQ/Pizza night in Kaikohe in collaboration with the Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection team.  Kaikohe weather was perfect with only two helium balloons escaping the kids’ grasp. The …

Auckland News – April 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) March was clouded by such a tragedy that it takes precedence over any news. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch. No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of …

Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2019

Kia Ora whanau. There were many opportunities around the region to join in on the Children’s Day events.  I thoroughly enjoyed my day in Thames and can’t wait to do it all again next year!  We were able to treat caregivers during Foster Care Awareness Week.  I am very grateful to Varda Academy in Hamilton for hosting and pampering some …

North West News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! What a neat day we had at Everett Park Holiday Park on Children’s Day. We enjoyed lots of sunshine, connection and a BBQ lunch. The young people enjoyed water slide and archery activities, the little ones were enthusiastic about a variety of old fashioned games like egg and spoon, musical chairs, and balloon races. Thanks to …

East Coast News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! As I write this, summer is still with us believe it or not!  Here’s hoping we don’t get the cyclones of previous years in April. Acknowledgement must be paid to those families who suffered great loss on Friday 15 March.  Such ugliness on our beloved shores is very hard to comprehend.  My heart and prayers go …

Central North News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! As I write this the summer continues.  Hopefully we don’t get the cyclones of previous March/Aprils. Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week have come and gone with all sorts of celebrations around the country.  I was great to see and hear a number of you take part.  “The Big Splash” Rainbow Springs, Rotorua. The Bay …

Lower North News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The leaves are starting to drop, those beautiful golds and reds are returning to our trees. I love autumn, I love the beautiful fiery reds and glorious sunsets that go with this time of year. Thoughts of those special walks with the crunch of leaves under my feet bring a smile to my face. Our senses …

Lower South News – April 2019

Kia Ora everyone! I would like to start by saying thank you to all that were able to make it to the morning teas held in the region over Foster Care Awareness Week. We can never put into words how amazing you all are and acknowledge that this is not always an easy road that we travel. For those that …

Upper South News – April 2019

Kia Ora Koutou to our Upper South Whanau, I would like to start by saying thank you to all that were able to make it to the morning teas held in the region over Foster Care Awareness Week. We can never put into words how amazing you all are and acknowledge that this is not always an easy road that …

Canterbury News – April 2019

The shocking event that occurred a couple of weeks ago has certainly seen a variety of emotions and responses from young and old alike.  Be reassured that the rest of Aotearoa is standing with you and although we’re not physically there, we want to support you.  Please get in touch with us or a trusted peer if you need an …

Otago News – April 2019

Kia Ora Koutou, I am excited to start my new role as Regional Coordinator of the new Otago region, and look forward to meeting with you.  I was born in Whangarei and grew up in Cambridge and Tauranga. I came down to Dunedin to study Social Psychology at Otago University.  Since then, I have worked in academia, community development, family …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards 2019

This year the Excellence in Foster Care Awards were set to be held on Friday 29 March at Government House, hosted by The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO Governor-General of New Zealand. Due to the National remembrance service for victims of the Christchurch mosque attack being held last Friday the Governor-General was unable to host the awards at …

Central North News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! We are now well into the school year and back to being a taxi service for our tamariki (children).  Busy, Busy!  As well as putting all their events and commitments into our diaries, remember to make time for some Self-Care for you too!  It will be as beneficial to them as it is to you. P.S  …

East Coast News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! We are now well into the school year and back to being a taxi service for our tamariki (children).  Busy, Busy!  As well as putting all their events and commitments into our diaries, remember to make time for some Self-Care for you too!  It will be as beneficial to them as it is to you. P.S  …

Auckland South/Waikato News – March 2019

Kia Ora whanau. Holey guacamole it’s March already!  If it feels like your year has only just started, it may be because, in the Roman calendar, March was originally the first month of the year and was named Martius….teeny bit of trivia to start the day. March Celebrations March is a great month, it’s also quite a busy month with …

North West News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! On Sunday it is Children’s Day. There are lots of events around our region celebrating our tamariki (children). Jump on to the Children’s Day website here and check them out. Following this is our very important week in the care sector: Foster Care Awareness Week. Hopefully, you might be able to attend an event. If not, …

Self Care

Caregivers are truly selfless people who welcome children into their homes and hearts. Often the children in your care will become the core focus of your daily life. Between raising a developmentally traumatised child with high needs and juggling their school, social worker, appointments and other activities; you may be putting your own needs on hold to put others needs …