Meet Christine Williams – our training coordinator

If you’ve booked in for training with Fostering Kids NZ, you may have already had the pleasure of dealing with our training coordinator Christine Williams. Christine is responsible for organising the schedule, monitoring registrations, responding to enquiries, and keeping in touch with caregivers, social workers and other interested parties. We sat down with Christine to learn a little more about …

Help your child get up to $4000 towards reaching their goals

William Wallace Awards Many young people in care have overcome significant barriers and gone on to achieve great things. The William Wallace Awards honour these outstanding young people, and provide help for them to pursue their dreams of tertiary, vocational or leadership training. You can download a nomination form here. Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the awards have grown …

24 children in care receive bikes as part of school leadership programme

Squeals of delight rang through the grounds of Diocesan School For Girls in Auckland last month – as 24 children in care were gifted bikes by students taking part in a leadership programme. The annual event is a highlight of the calendar for staff at the school and staff at Fostering Kids NZ – because of the ways it enriches the …

Apprenticeships for the care-experienced

HITO (The Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation) and L’Oréal Launch Hair and Beauty Scholarships Exciting news from the hair and beauty industry – with the launch of ten scholarships for care-experienced young people who want a career in the sector. The scholarships will provide ten young people who have graduated from the “Face Your Future” programme to gain qualifications as barbers, beauty therapists, …

“It was a revelation!”

Mercedes Strutt was one of six participants in “Foundations for Attachments” the caregiver training we trialled in Palmerston North in May. Mercedes and her husband David – who are orginally from the UK – have been fostering in Palmerston North for the last three years. She attended “Foundations for Attachment” to help her develop her skills. “The course was fantastic! …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s July message to you

Winter is upon us and we are still awaiting some clarity from the Ministry in regards to the new investment in caregiver support. We were hoping to have some news on this for this month’s Snippets, but we are still not clear how the $26.4 million will be used. Meeting with Oranga Tamaraki It was with great pleasure that we …

Share your inspirational stories

1 June 2017 Working at Fostering Kids NZ – we’re privileged to meet many of our extraordinary caregivers and hear your stories. Talking to you, we never cease to be amazed, inspired and impressed by your commitment to our children in care. Lately – we’ve been thinking we could be doing a better job of sharing your thoughts and experiences …

Don’t miss Arihia Bennett at our conference

We’re excited to announce Arihia Bennett is one of our keynote speakers at this year’s conference in September.  Arihia Bennett MNZM (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Porou) has been the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu since 2012. She is married to Richard and together they have a son Piri. She lives in Tuahiwi in North …

Connection before correction – new training programme a hit!

As caregivers, many of us have heard about the theory of attachment – but how do we put that into practice to better connect with the children in our care? Fostering Kids New Zealand have researched internationally to provide a programme to support caregivers to do just that. Last month Sally Moffatt and Rob Surtees trialled the programme – called …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s June message to you

Here at National Office, we’ve spent the last week absorbing the details of the budget announcements targeted at the caregiving community. It is great to see the new investment in caregiver support-$26.4 million over four years. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the money will be spent on: support for around 4,500 caregivers help for those caring for higher needs …

Mokopuna Māori learning opportunity

Here’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge in caring for or working with mokopuna Māori children We are pleased to be able to offer, through our training partnership with Oranga Tamariki, fourteen interactive modules that provide knowledge and skills to increase your bicultural competency.  These are a great learning tool especially if you are caring for a child (mokopuna) who …

Parental controls and monitoring internet usage

As part of a our partnership with Netsafe, Fostering Kids NZ is proud to present the second part in a series for caregivers who want to learn more about keeping children and young people safe online. This month, we discuss parental controls and other ways to monitor your children’s activity online. Watch Netsafe expert Sean Lyons discuss the issue here – …

Garden to Table inspiration for our kids

Linda Taylor is a Home for Life mum to a 13 year old girl – the youngest of three teenagers in her household. Linda is also the CEO of Garden to Table – a charity which aims to change the way children think about food. The Garden to Table programme – which runs in schools around the country – teaches students …

Meet Jennifer Hanson – you might have already talked to her on the phone!

Chances are, if you call National Office, Jennifer Hanson is the first person you will speak to. Jennifer handles membership enquiries, monitors our Facebook pages, and provides administrative assistance to the critical support team, events, the associations and the key contacts. Jennifer is mum to three boys (9 months,  9, 10) and a girl (5) – as she says, it …

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 …