Family Fun Days 2019

We have 3,000 tickets for children and their families for 30 Family Fun Day events held from November to December throughout New Zealand. In 2019 there are going to be pool parties, ten pin bowling and movies. Family Fun Days are local community events funded by local businesses. They are a great day out for children in foster care and …

New Caregiver Support Plans

Under Part Three of the National Care Standards, all Oranga Tamariki caregivers are entitled to an assessment and support plan to help them meet the needs of children and young people in their care.  It is our understanding that all 396 Providers (Care Agencies) will have something similar in their practice. Creating your Caregiver Support Plan with your Caregiver Social …

Do you need a break?

Respite can be a much-needed service for care families. It allows caregivers and their children to get a break, it can help prevent burnout, or in Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP), help prevent blocked-care. A poorly planned respite weekend can cause stress for everyone involved; respite provider, the child, and the care family. Respite needs to be carefully considered and planned. …

Advanced Therapeutic Training

Wow! – what a privilege it was to co-facilitate this programme. Sally and myself (Rob), Caring Families Aotearoa a division of Fostering Kids NZ, piloted the Nurturing Attachments programme in Christchurch during June and July. Fourteen participants attended over the eight weeks. All participants had completed the Foundations for Attachment programme and the continuing support groups prior to attending this …

Training Review – NCTP

As part of ensuring that the National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) remains a high-quality learning experience, Oranga Tamariki are currently undertaking a review of the modules to make sure that all current legislation is covered. It is important that the material we deliver is current and accurate to effectively support caregivers. On July 1 substantial changes to the Oranga Tamariki …

Foster Mum Making Memories

A few months ago, eleven-year-old Ionie wrote to us about how much she appreciates her foster Mum Debbie, who cares for her and her three siblings. Here is what she had to say: Please note: The names in this post have been changed to protect the family.

Permanent Caregiver Support Service

As of 1 July 2019, all Permanent Caregiver Support Services delivered to permanent caregivers, both whanau and non whanau, in accordance with the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 will be delivered by Turuki Healthcare. Previously, Kiistone Business Infrastructure delivered this service to you. There will be no change to contact numbers or email addresses for the permanent caregiver support services. All …

Review of Financial Assistance for Caregivers

In May 2019, Minister Martin, announced that Oranga Tamariki would conduct the first ever full review of the financial assistance provided to foster and other caregivers.  The review will consider the Foster Care Allowance (including the Higher Foster Care Allowance), Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit and their associated payments. It will consider the level and consistency of these payments and the appropriateness …

From the CEO’s Desk: Linda’s Message to you

Just a quick note from me to catch you up on recent events and announcements.  We have several significant things happening for caregivers at present and this time I say this with a smile 😊. Thursday’s Budget announcements were positive for our sector.  Finally, it seems to be our turn and the information we are receiving would indicate that real …

Weighted Blanket

Ferndale School in Christchurch, in conjunction with Christchurch Women’s Prison, are selling weighted blankets for $25 plus postage. What is a weighted blanket? Basically, a weighted blanket is two pieces of fabric sewn together into squares with weighted pellets distributed throughout the squares to give even weight distribution. They have been around for a long time, but their use is …

National Care Standards

On 1 July 2019, the National Care Standards will come into effect and Oranga Tamariki will start the implementation. Over the upcoming months we will communicate with you about what these mean to your care family. It is important to know that as a caregiver you won’t see changes on the 1 July. The National Care Standards set out the …

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

National Youth Council VOYCE are currently recruiting for care experience youth, between the ages of 16 to 24, to join the VOYCE National Youth Council and directly influence change for the care experience community. For more information and to apply – click here. Information Sharing If you have a child in your care from Oranga Tamariki, you can expect a …

Extraordinary Care Fund – June Funding Round

The current funding round for the Extraordinary Care Fund closes on 21 June 2019. You can apply to the fund if you are a caregiver who receives the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit (UCB) and have a child who is: wanting to participate in a sport/art’s activity; or showing promise through high achievement for a particular skill or talent; …

Practicing PACE

Jill recently completed the Foundations for Attachment training as part of the LIFT model and can already see the impact it has made to her parenting. Jill began her caregiving journey 12 years ago as she wanted to share a loving, stable home with those children who desperately needed one. She wants to create a safe environment for the children …

Regional Hui a Success

Caregivers across the country are now buzzing with new knowledge. Since September 2018 Fostering Kids New Zealand has run one-day Hui in Nelson, Lower Hutt, Hastings, Gisborne, Dunedin and Whangarei. Each Hui had a different message while still focusing on how caregivers can help the children in their care to grow in a secure environment. Nelson: “Healing the Child”Lower Hutt: …

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 …

Studylink

For many young people in care, applying for university can be very exciting. It is a start of a new chapter in their lives where they can upskill, peruse their passion and chase their dreams. They may come to you, as their caregiver, and ask for your help with their studylink application. We wish to remind you and the young …

Extraordinary Care Fund

The Extraordinary Care Fund is available to caregivers who receive the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit (UCB) and have a child who is: showing promise through high achievement for a particular skill or talent; or experiencing difficulties that are impacting on their development. For example, a child with learning or behavioural difficulties who would benefit from participation in a …

School and Year Start Up Payment 2019

Applications for the School and Year Start-up Payment are open until the 28 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 …

Rugby NZ Give Bikes to Kids

Fostering Kids NZ partners with a team building company, Elevate who provide charity team building events called “Build My Ride”.  At these events, the corporate teams compete to earn points (parts of the bike), then build the bikes for children to take home. Recently, there was an extra special bike event held in Wellington. Rugby NZ were participating in the “Build …