Thank you Z

  We would like to take the time to thank Z Energy for their amazing contribution in the community and to the people who got behind the GOOD IN THE HOOD campaign and voted. Throughout the month of May GOOD IN THE HOOD was held at local Z Stations in order to help raise funds for local community groups like …

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

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) Today is the 1st of July and it signals an exciting change in our organisation, one that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other.  As of today we are moving from large Associations to smaller support groups that can be set up by any caregiver.  We have already …

When a Child May be Suicidal

It can be difficult for a young person to tell you they are feeling suicidal. There is a lot on the internet about suicide of which some is conflicting and confusing. The main thing is to accept where the young person is at and validate how difficult is must be for them. Talking about suicide does not increase the likely …

Best Practice in Access

We are often asked by caregivers for clarification and advice about access, who should be supervising, where access should be held, how long should it be for and how frequent.  Unfortunately there isn’t a one sized fits all approach and access is complicated. Access needs to be in the child’s best interest and to be safe.  Child psychology expert Associate Professor …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) The year is again flying by and we are almost into winter, with indications of many opportunities and changes in the wings. For the first time, there is now a person at National Office, Oranga Tamariki that is in a position of strong influence for caregivers. At the end of last year, Trish …

It’s time to vote! Shop at one of the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for Fostering Kids NZ or an association. GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four …

L’Oreal and Fostering Kids NZ celebrate a decade of changing lives

  Reach for the stars is the message that has been shared with hundreds of care-experienced young people who have been through the innovative programme, Face Your Future. Last month saw the 10th anniversary of the annual programme run by L’Oréal New Zealand, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ. Since 2009, more than 450 care-experienced young people, aged between 16-18 years, …

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

CEO’s Kōrero (conversation) … The ongoing question for us at Fostering Kids NZ is – are we doing the best for our members? As an organisation, we evolved from the ground up. In 1976, a group of caregivers came together to support each other and to have a collective voice. From small beginnings, we are now a national organisation, supporting …

Update to benefits

If you are receiving the Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Caregiver Allowance you can expect there to be two increases in upcoming months.  These increases will happen automatically.  From the 1 April 2018 there will be a CPI increase  and from 1 July 2018 there will be a further increase.  In total, the rates of Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s …

Getting a bank account – a response in rhyme!!!

I am 16, nearly 17, in your care and wanting to open a bank account –  what it’s like ‘to not exist’ as a legitimate person – just a  no-one! So you’ve asked what it takes –  to get an ID To prove I exist –  that I am the ‘Real Me’ I can’t get a job –  because IRD …

What Is Developmental Trauma

With the advances in neuroscience and the ability to map what is occurring in the human brain, we are now able to understand the impact of abuse, and neglect on the human brain for our tamariki/children in care. Hundreds of studies have shown us that children who suffer many adverse life experiences suffer damage to brain development. The term ‘developmental  trauma’ …

A Message From Oranga Tamariki

National Care Standards A set of proposed care standards have been developed through wide consultation with care-experienced children and young people, families and whānau, caregivers, Oranga Tamariki staff and care providers. Oranga Tamariki have been working on developing a new care standards document which will set out the relevant requirements in existing legislation as well as the requirements that will …

Request for examples of opening bank accounts for young people

Kia ora everyone, We’re hoping you can help us! Here at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, the independent connection and advocacy service for children and young people in care in New Zealand, we amplify the collective voice of children and young people in care on the issues that affect them.  We do this to fight for change for all tamariki and …

Face Your Future – Registrations OPEN

The L’Oréal Face Your Future event, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ, is aimed at teens in their last year of school, or for those who have already left school.  The two-day workshop explores career pathways, interview skills, and offers a session on personal presentation. Established in 2008, it focuses on positive and inspiring stories from people who have pushed …

Supporting Children in Care Guide – Education

We’ve just found out about this resource from the Ministry for Education. Its excellent and worth a read. Every Early Childhood Centre, School and learning centre should know, read and use this resource. This guide is intended to help educators to understand and respond to some of the challenges that children and young people in care may present with as a consequence of their possibly traumatic early experiences …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s Korero

The first 100 days for the new government has now past. They have put in place all that they said they would during the election. I am looking forward to meeting with the new Minister for Children, Hon. Tracey Martin in the not too distant future.  I am sure we would all like to know the government’s priorities in regards …

Children’s Day – 4th March 2018

Join us in a day of celebration. March 4 2018 is National Children’s Day; a day to recognise the importance of children and why we care about them. As children are the future of our country, we must nurture them in order to thrive. So join in on the fun and celebrate by taking the kids along to one of the Children’s …