Will Santa Find Me?

Now that the countdown to Christmas Day has started, what is on your mind?  Are you planning your Christmas day menu?  Thinking about the colour theme for your tree?  Wondering about what the perfect gift would be for those closest to you?  For most, even though Christmas is a hectic time, on the day it is beautiful and filled with …

The Importance of Play – Training workshop

Play is one of the most important learning tasks that children engage in during the early years. That is why Fostering Kids NZ has created a new workshop for caregivers called “The Importance of Play”.  The workshop will discuss how early learning is the core of social relationships, creativity and innovation. It will look at different play experiences and how these …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s November Message to You

Tēnā koutou katoa As I am sure you are aware, we now have a new government consisting of Labour, NZ First and the Greens.  We are very hopeful that our children in care will be at the forefront of policy and decisions so that they have positive and productive futures. Tracey Martin is now the Minister for Children and I …

Nominations close on Friday – Excellence in Foster Care Awards

Do you know a caregiver or caregiver couple who go the extra mile to provide care, support and encouragement to the children that are or have been in their care? Nominations are now open for the 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Fostering Kids NZ has been recognising the extraordinary work that caregivers do by celebrating the Excellence in Foster Care awards annually since …

Fostering Kids NZ Events for All

At Fostering Kids NZ we have a wonderful programme of events which celebrate caregivers and provide excitement for the children in your care. March starts with Children’s Day on Sunday the 4th.  Throughout the country our Regional Coordinators and your Key Contacts will be organising fun events for you to enjoy with your family.  Many of these events are community …

Caring Families Aotearoa

With much research, discussions, planning and professional advice over the last few years, Fostering Kids NZ launched our subsidiary, Caring Families Aotearoa (CFA) at the Fostering Kids NZ conference last month. CFA is a not for profit company, which will deliver support and training to caregivers based on Levels of Integrated Family Therapy (LIFT), a model that has been developed …

Vodafone Email Accounts

Vodafone has made the decision to close their email service down on 30th November 2017.  If you have one of the below email addresses, please email Jennifer Hanson (reception@nullfosteringkids.org.nz) with your new email address and we will update our records. Vodafone email services that will be closing: clear.net.nz es.co.nz ihug.co.nz paradise.net.nz pcconnect.co.nz quik.co.nz vodafone.co.nz vodafone.net.nz wave.co.nz Vodafone is recommending their …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards – 2018 Nominations now open

  Do you know a caregiver or caregiver couple who go the extra mile to provide care, support and encouragement to the children that are or have been in their care? Nominations are now open for the 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Fostering Kids New Zealand has been recognising the extraordinary work that caregivers do by celebrating the Excellence in Foster Care awards annually …

Family Fun Days Coming to a Place Near You

Throughout November and December, 30 fabulous Family Fun Day events are taking place around the country and your family is invited!  It won’t cost you anything.  Entry, drinks, food and entertainment are free – all thanks to the generous sponsorship of small local business owners. Check out the full list of events and dates here Family Fun Days 2017. To …

Help the work live on

16 – 22 October 2017 is ‘Include a Charity’ week, a chance to consider leaving a gift in your will to a charity, like Fostering Kids NZ. Whoever you are, whatever your situation, you can leave a lasting legacy by including a charity in your will. It’s just as easy as providing for your loved ones, and it can be …

‘Celebrating Foster Care’ – Conference 2017

What an inspirational conference, with lots of new knowledge and contacts, meeting of old and new friends, and exciting pathways for the future. We were fortunate to have some very knowledgeable overseas speakers again this year, including Dr Courtney Rennicke and Dr David Cross.  They were both able to show the connection between trauma and the impact on children’s brain development. …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s October Message to You

Tēnā koutou katoa It is with great sadness that I must advise that our colleague and regional co-ordinator, for Lower North, John Collett died suddenly over a week ago. He was doing something he particularly loved – cycling and exploring our wonderful countryside when he was tragically killed. Our thoughts are with his family here and in England.  All those …

Oranga Tamariki Act 1989

As you may know, the government have amended the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation. The bill covers a wide range of legislative reforms to support the new operating model for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. From 1 April it extended the statutory age of care and protection to under 18, instead of under 17. …

General Election Overview…

Researching the policies of all the political parties, we were unable to find any direct mention to children in care or foster care support. So our CEO, Linda Surtees, asked the portfolio holders for children from National (Minister Anne Tolley) and Labour (Jacinda Ardern) what caregivers could expect from a National or Labour government over the next three years.  Here are …

Family Group Homes

Over the past few months, Fostering Kids New Zealand have been advocating for the family group home caregivers and the conditions in their agreements.  A meeting was recently held in Auckland and concerns were raised about the current contract/agreement. Oranga Tamariki are now reviewing the current agreement in consultion with Fostering Kids NZ about the content. It is heartening to see group …

20 is Plenty

A survey by the University of Otago School of Pharmacy has shown that up to 60% of Dunedin people were unaware that, after paying for 20 prescription items, they become exempt from prescription charges for funded medicine.  Even fewer people were aware the subsidy applied to families as a group. If you’ve paid for 20 prescriptions in a year (from …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s September Message to You

Tēnā koutou katoa Studylink update You may have read on our facebook page the update I posted about Studylink. As you may be aware, we have been advocating for change to the way caregivers are means tested when our young people want to further their study and apply for Studylink.  I have met with Minister Tolley, she was very sympathetic …

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round is a pre-loved and new children’s clothing shop located in Christchurch. They are happy to courier anywhere in New Zealand. Merry Go Round has a wide range of girls and boys clothing from newborn to seven years at fabulous prices.  All garments are fastidiously sorted to ensure they are stain free and there are no rips.  Garments …