Does your insurance cover you as a caregiver?

If you haven’t told your insurer that you are a caregiver, it may impact on future claims. As we all know, when we invite a vulnerable child into our home – there are multiple challenges and rewards. There is also a lot to organise at the start! During the settling in period, it can be easy to overlook things like …

From the CEO’S desk – Linda’s monthly message

It’s now a month since all the changes in our sector were announced. Talking to our members out in the community, I’ve been reminded how confusing these changes can be for people who don’t deal with Government on a daily basis. The new organisations Just to clarify – the new Government organisation which has taken over from Child, Youth and …

2017 Conference: International speakers announced

Fostering Kids NZ is proud to announce two of the keynote speakers for our 2017 conference: “Celebrating Foster Care,” to be held on September 28 and 29 in Christchurch. We’re excited to have secured the speaking talents of two Psychologists from the United States. Both have extensive experience in the process of healing children who have experienced trauma as a …

How much time should your children spend online?

As part of a new partnership with Netsafe, Fostering Kids NZ is proud to present the first in a series for caregivers who want to learn more about keeping children and young people safe online. This month, we ask the question: how much time should your children spend online? (spoiler alert – there is no magic number, but there are …

Andeana’s powerful birthday message

This year, Fostering Kids NZ Critical Support Manager Andeana Pilalis celebrated her birthday during L’Oréal “Face Your Future” – the inspirational programme for care-experienced young people held in partnership between L’Oréal NZ and Fostering Kids NZ. We marked Andeana’s special day with flowers and a cake. Of course there was also the obligitory ‘Happy Birthday’ song – led by the one and only …

Highlights from “Face Your Future” 2017

In late April, care-experienced young-people from around the country got a unique opportunity to think about who and what they want to be, as participants in the annual “L’Oréal Face Your Future” programme– a partnership with L’Oréal New Zealand and Fostering Kids NZ. “Face Your Future” is a two day inspirational event designed to get young people thinking about life after …

Are you eligible for Paid Parental Leave?

Taking on the permanent care of a child under six? Find out about how you could get paid while on parental leave for up to 18 weeks: If you take on the permanent primary care of a child under six, and take leave from employment to do it, you are eligible for Paid Parental Leave (PPL). This entitlement used to …

Meet some of the people behind VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

In the latest episode of our online radio show – ‘The Carecast’ – we meet some of the people behind VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – a new connection and advocacy service for care experienced children and young people. Our communications advisor Alistair Wilkinson compiled the report. Here’s what he found: Saturday the First of April 2017 saw the launch of …

Voices of the care experienced.

As part of the launch of VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – some of the care experienced young people involved have been sharing their stories. Here is what Renne said about her childhood – and what she’s doing now. Tupua will be a familiar face to those of you who were at conference in 2016 – where he got a standing …

How we’re advocating on your behalf

Our team at National Office is committed to providing a strong voice for you within Government. What follows is a list of the key ways we are working with officials in the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, to ensure your needs are met.    

Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

MEDIA RELEASE 31 March 2017 Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki  CEO Linda Surtees pledges to continue working with the new organisation to ensure caregivers have the tools they need to support our most vulnerable children. The Chief Executive Officer of Fostering Kids NZ, Linda Surtees, welcomes the launch of the Ministry for Vulnerable …

A beginner’s guide to the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

April 1 2017 marked a turning point for everyone in New Zealand’s caregiving community. Child, Youth and Family was replaced by the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. The changes have been hotly debated – both in Parliament and the community. But everyone agrees, we need to do something to help improve the lives of our most vulnerable children. …

Linda’s message about the caregiving changes

Linda Surtees, CEO of Fostering Kids NZ, says the new system must honour the need for children to have stable homes. On April 1st, we entered a new chapter in New Zealand’s caregiving community. Child, Youth and Family was replaced by the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, as part of Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s sweeping reforms of …

Caring for a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Are you caring for a child or young person who you suspect has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Dosorder, or one who has been diagnosed? In this episode of our online radio show The Carecast – we discuss how brain injuries caused by exposure to alcohol on the womb have a lasting impact – and what we can all do to help. …

Congratulations to Pauline and Bob Cox

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipients. Pauline made the trip to Government House to collect the award on behalf of husband Bob, who couldn’t travel because of ill-health. Pauline and Bob have been providing foster care in Canterbury for 18 years. In that time they’ve cared for more than 80 children. Social workers say Pauline and Bob are both …

Congratulations to Ann and Ron Giles

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Invercargill couple Ann and Ron Giles have been caring for children and young people for around 45 years. Friends and colleagues in the caregiving world say they have an uncanny ability to connect with those they care for. With a combination of unconditional love and clear boundaries, then have succeeded in breaking the …

Congratulations to Sally and Reece McChlery

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients Sally and Reece have welcomed children of all ages into their family and busy household for 13 years. Well known and respected in the Queenstown Lakes community, their story was recently featured here. Always there when needed – they’ve often responded at very short notice to take children in, no matter what their …

Celebration to remember for 2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipients

Wellington put on a magnificent day for the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Caregivers flew from as far afield as Invercargill and Orewa to be acknowledged by Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO. The day started with a tour of Parliament, followed by lunch at the famous Backbencher Pub. Then it was back …

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 Tapaeru and William Houia

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Children who arrive at the Family Home Tip and Bill run are soon made to feel comfortable by their friendly and happy manner. They learn that their needs come first and quickly settle in. Known for their ability to connect with teenagers, Tip and Bill are adept at managing some of their most …