School and Year Start Up Payment 2020

Applications for the School and Year Start-up Payment are open until the 29 February for caregivers who receive the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit for children in their care. With the school year right around the corner, this can often be a stressful time when it comes to the cost of school fees, uniforms and stationery. This payment is …

Complex Histories, Complex Difficulties

Are you wondering why your tamariki or rangatahi (child or young person) does not learn from experience, or has no understanding of what they did was wrong, or has no empathy or remorse for others? Many young people do well in spite of adverse and traumatic experiences while growing up. However, far too many of those who end up in …

Conference 2019 Video Recordings

If you missed our 2019 National Conference – Setting the PACE, or you want a refresh on some of the wonderful presentations, here are some of the videos that we recorded. Unfortunately we are unable to share all of the videos publicly. If you are interest in a particular video that is not available below, please email (communications@nullfosteringkids.org.nz).

Understanding the National Care Standards – Discussion Session

Training Update Together with Oranga Tamariki, we are very excited to be delivering a new 3 hour workshop Discussion Session – Understanding the National Care Standards. This workshop is being delivered throughout the country in Term 1. This Discussion Session provides an outline of the key changes that caregivers will experience as a result of the new National Care Standards. …

Ways to Support a Child’s Emotions at Christmas Time

When you talk about Christmas to the child in your care, do you see glee and excitement in their face? Are they happy, laughing or smiling? Do they tell you about the fond memories they have of Christmas’s they have had in the past? Or, does the child in your care look sad, frightened or confused? Do they suddenly get …

Never Give Up – CD NOW Available

For many years Fostering Kids NZ has been privileged to have a special connection with Hon Ron Mark. Minister Mark has been a long time friend of ours, he has been our conference MC, speaker at Face Your Future and a strong advocate having experienced care himself. He also loves country music. This year thanks to the encouragement and persistent …

Holiday Hours 2019/2020

Our National Office will be closed from 4.00pm on Monday 23 December 2019 and will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 6 January 2020. If you need support or help during this time please call your Agency. If you do not have an Agency or you feel the matter is critical, call our Critical Support Service, 0800 693 278, and leave …

BOARD PAYMENTS OVER THE 2019/20 CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Over the holiday season there will be some changes to the regular scheduled board payments. The arrangements for board payments over the 2019/2020 Christmas and New Year period from Oranga Tamariki are as follows: The week starting Monday 2 December 2019: you’ll receive your payment as usual for the period 20 November to 3 December plus your Christmas allowance. The …

We Set The PACE

We really set the PACE at this year’s Fostering Kids NZ National Conference. We had international and local speakers address the 330 delegates about how we can empower our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) in care so they can thrive, not merely survive. Over the two days, our keynote and workshop speakers presented on a wide range to topics …

Thank You Z

During September GOOD IN THE HOOD was held at Z Stations across the country to help raise funds for local community groups. We are very grateful to have been chosen by six Z Stations for Good in the Hood 2019. Thank you Z Energy for this fantastic initiative that supports so many wonderful local organisations and thank you to all …

A Night to Remember – Excellence in Foster Care Awards 2019

The 2019 Excellence in Foster Care Awards were held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland on the 16 October, where twelve extraordinary caregivers were recipients of this years’ awards. This years’ award recipients are: Robin and Kahu Grace from Tauranga – click here Gayle Meijer from Invercargill – click here Lynne Kenny from Hamilton – click here …

Deb and Greg Curtis

Deb and Greg from Waipara are caregivers for Oranga Tamariki. They are deeply dedicated to the needs of the children in their care and are dedicated to creating the best environment and positive outcomes. They work hard to create meaningful bonds with the biological families of their girls as they know that positive relationships with their families will help the …

Constance (Connie) Mason

After offering respite care for a number of years Connie, from Blenheim, applied for parenting orders in 2014. She is now the proud “mama” of 4 young siblings. Connie understands the importance of whanau and works hard to nurture the relationship between her children and their families, often going above and beyond to ensure they can maintain their connection to …

Mark and Maralyn Wallace

Mark and Maralyn have been caregivers for 16 year. They are now caregivers at the Martindale Family Home in Christchurch and care for up to 7 boys. They have shaped an environment of nurture and care in the Martindale Family home. With clear boundaries and guidelines set, the boys are shown that they are cared for and protected. Mark and …

Amy and Terence Brinkman

Nelson Caregivers, Amy and Terence are currently Home for Life parents to a toddler of a child they had previously fostered. They also provide emergency care through Oranga Tamariki. Amy and Terrance are known to advocate strongly for fair outcomes for young people in care, particularly in the areas of education and mental health. Their ongoing support continues even after …

Margaret Chung

Margaret, of Auckland, began her caregiving journey in 2012 after her daughter was sent home from school with a flyer for Lifewise. With her non-judgemental, compassionate attitude and her eagerness to learn more about best care, Margaret provides safe and nurturing placements with a complete child focus. Not only does Margaret strive to do the best for the children in …

Lynne Kenny

From a young age Lynne of Hamilton, has always had a love for children and chose to focus her studies in this area. From her depth of knowledge around child development combined with her own experiences, Lynne grew a desire to become a foster parent. Between managing and owning Early Childhood Centre’s and fostering for Barnardos, Lynne has now worked …

Gayle Meijer

Dipton caregiver, Gayle first trained as a caregiver in 2014 through Family Works, focusing on respite care. In 2016, Gayle resigned from respite caregiving as she became a whanau caregiver – to provide her granddaughter with the care and protection she needed. Gayle works hard to provide a safe, structured and healing home for her granddaughter as she is determined …

Robin and Kahu Grace

Robin and Kahu of Tauranga have been Family Home caregivers for Oranga Tamariki since 2013 and have cared for numerous children during this time. Their caregiving journey began because they wanted to change children’s lives for the better. With a focus on love, care, trust and respect Robin and Kahu built a nurturing environment where they could break the cycle. …

Te Kete Ararau

Have you heard of Te Kete Ararau? Te Kete Ararau App has been designed to help caregivers develop a more meaningful understanding of the Oranga Tamariki cultural Framework of tamariki Māori and the importance of whakapapa (geneology) and whanaungatanga (relationships). The App provides valuable information and learning tools on key Māori concepts and values, key events and effects on Māori, …