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, …

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 …