Auckland South/Waikato News – May 2018

Kia Ora Last month was extremely busy with training and support.  I have been amazed at the wonderful caregivers we have.  The quality of support our tamariki (children) are getting is so encouraging. Children coming into care have complex issues and this relates to the trauma, abuse and neglect they have been exposed to. At Fostering Kids NZ we acknowledge …

Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2018

Kia Ora All. It has been a busy and exciting month, with lots happening with Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week. I would like to formally acknowledge John and Mary-Ann Tahitahi for receiving an Excellence in Foster Care Award this year at Parliament.  This is well deserved and I am delighted you have been able to receive this huge …

Auckland South Waikato News – March 2018

Welcome to another month, this year is off to a flying start.   We have a busy few months ahead. I am excited to be delivering a session on FASD on the 14 March at Level 1, 11 Dalgety Drive, Wiri, register through Fostering Kids NZ training website here (towards the bottom of the page)   Key Contacts update: We are still …

Auckland South Waikato News – February 2018

Happy New Year to you all….. Although I have been away for a month, I have had caregivers on my mind. I want to acknowledge you all especially over the holiday period, where routines sometimes are not priority and there are often some behaviours that escalate over this time. I am also grateful that we have amazing caregivers who can …

Auckland South Waikato News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia Ora All This month has been another great and busy month supporting caregivers, training and our Family Fun Days at the pools.  The Christmas season can be a stressful time for all, but we need also to be mindful of our children, particularly those in our care.  This may be a time, where they long to be with their …

Auckland South Waikato News – November 2017

Kia Ora All This month has been very busy with supporting caregivers, attending our National Conference and running trainings and discussion sessions. Our conference again was a huge success.  It was great to see so many people from our Auckland and Waikato region. What I really enjoyed about the conference was some of the practical tools I can use with …

Auckland South Waikato News – October 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Workshop Jeff Nobel, Founder and CEO of Noble Initiatives, is presenting a full day FASD workshops in Auckland on Saturday 25 November at Jet Park, 63 Westney Rd, Mangere.  Jeff uses an interactive and personal approach and delivers relevant, useful and need-to-know information to help and support caregivers, front line workers and educators of those working …

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 …

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 …

Auckland South Waikato News – July 2017

Kia Ora all Winter is definitely here and I hope not too many of you are getting hit by colds and flus. Over the next month we will be holding a meeting for those interested in knowing more about the new changes around permanency for children in care from a lawyer who has been working with some of the cases. …

Auckland South Waikato News – June 2017

Kia Ora all It has been a busy month and I am privileged to be able to be in the position to support caregivers.   Some of the main issues for the month have been around permanency and trying to navigate the changes through the Special Guardianship process. We will continue to keep you updated on how this is going.   …

Auckland South Waikato News – May 2017

Kia Ora all This year is going way to fast and we have a lot coming up. Our conference this year will be held in Christchurch on 28–29th September 2017. It will again be an amazing event.  Start planning now, while flights are cheap. Go to our website for more information;  http://fosteringkids.org.nz/events-2/national-conference/. We want to welcome the new service; Oranga …

Auckland South Waikato News – April 2017

Kia Ora all, We have had a busy few weeks leading up to Foster Care Awareness Week.  We had an amazing event at Dingwall on the 5th March, over 200 people attended and it was a successful day.   I would like to acknowledge the following organisations and individuals for their donations, support and input into our day: Dingwall Trust, Auckland …

Congratulations to Pat Ede

Pat Ede and her huband David have been working with Youth Horizons in Manukau for 11 years – making them one of the organisation’s most experienced couples. Support workers say Pat and David are universally liked by those who stay with them. Young people feel they have a cheerleader in Pat – and the couple’s approach helps bring about meaningful …

Congratulations to Sally Mowbray-Lee and Brian Lee

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Sally Mowbray-Lee says after 26 years of fostering her and Brian were really ‘chuffed’ to be acknowledged. Strong advocates for children in their care, Sally and Brian devote time to each child’s educational, sporting and other interests, as well as helping them stay in touch with those who support and mentor them. Sally …

Auckland South Waikato News – March 2017

Message from Dallas Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Excellence in Foster Care Awards in Wellington on the 10th March. Congratulations to Rose Bennett, Pat Ede, Sally Mowbray-Lee and Brian Lee who are heading to Government House on the 10th to be honoured at …

Congratulations to Yasser El Shall

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipient. Yasser El Shall, his wife and their children made the decision to start fostering five years ago. “First and foremost, you have to have the support of your family,” he says. Yasser says he got into fostering almost by chance, when a neighbour asked him if he’d be interested. But soon it became …

Congratulations to Rose Bennett

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipient. Rose Bennett says she’s always had a passion for children – and knew in her heart she could make a difference to their lives. She first became a foster mother in the 1980s. Then, after a break, she signed up again in 2009. Since then she’s fostered more than 60 children and young …

Auckland South Waikato News – Feb 2017

Message from Dallas. Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have managed to get some downtime over the holidays.  At the end of last year we held our Christmas Party at the office and we had over 60 children and families attend.  Apart from the venue not being big enough, we had a great time.  A huge thanks …