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 …

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. …