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 …

National Conference 2019

Good news we have fixed the date for next year’s National Conference.  Block out Wednesday 16 October and Thursday 17 October 2019 in your diaries now.  We will have an exciting range of national and international speakers running keynotes and workshop sessions giving you the latest learnings and tools to create your very own therapeutic home and heal the children …

Christmas Hours

Our offices, national and regional, will be closed from 4.00pm on Friday 21 December, 2018 and will open at 9.00am on Monday 14 January, 2019. If you have a crisis during this time please call your Agency.  If you do not have an Agency or you feel the matter is critical, call 0800 693 278 – our Critical Support Service …

Changes to the Extraordinary Care Fund Criteria

For those members who receive an Unsupported Child Benefit (UCB) or Orphans Benefit you may apply to the Extraordinary Care Fund for certain activities/items to assist in the care of your child/young person.  The process for this has not been easy for busy caregivers to manage and the Ministry of Social Development have been working on some exciting improvements. When …

Studylink Progress

School is nearly out for the year and if you have a Year 12 or 13 in your care there is no doubt lots of discussions about the future and in particular, next year.  If they are thinking of tertiary study and applying for StudyLink please contact your Regional Coordinator or National Office first. StudyLink should be applied for as …

CEO Report

As we complete the first year of our Strategic Plan 2017-2020, I am very pleased with our achievements to date.  Our plan included seven Strategic Objectives over the three year period and when I consider each of them, I believe we have made significant progress toward achieving most of these goals. In consultation with our members we have completely reviewed …

Annual General Meeting

Thank you to those who attended our AGM in Lower Hutt, had afternoon tea with their Regional Coordinator and sent in a Proxy vote. Your continued involvement and interest in Fostering Kids NZ is greatly appreciated. It is with sadness that we said farewell to two Board members, Peter Edmonds and Janice Purchase.  Peter was the Board’s Cultural Advisor and …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards

Here at Fostering Kids NZ we love to celebrate the incredible work that caregivers do for the children in their care. Each year, alongside Oranga Tamariki, we hold our annual Excellence in Foster Care Awards. The awards are a chance to honour those who always go above and beyond for the children and young people in their care. Often caregivers …

Family Fun Days – Tickets Still Available

We have 3,000 tickets for children and their families at 32 Family Fun Day events held from November to December throughout New Zealand. In 2018 there are going to be pool parties, ten pin bowling and movies.  The first events will be held this weekend in the South Island and the last event is on the 16 December in South …

Natural and Logical Consequences

Traditionally growing up most of us experienced behaviour management strategies based on our parents rewarding good behaviour and ignoring unwanted behaviour or having negative consequences imposed because of the behaviour.  Most of us would say that this did not affect us in a bad way, and that we turned out okay.  This is the case because you knew that your …

Youth Advisory Group – Oranga Tamariki

Oranga Tamariki has a unique opportunity available for young people who are in, or have been in, the care of the Chief Executive, Oranga Tamariki, and they need your help to find the right applicants. As part of their commitment to keep young people’s voices at the centre of our work, they are establishing an Oranga Tamariki Youth Advisory Group. …

Family Fun Days

We have 3,000 tickets for children and their families at 32 Family Fun Day events held from November to December throughout New Zealand. In 2018 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, joined by …

Invitation to participate in research

Educational successes of care-experienced young people study Young people who have experienced foster care are invited to participate in a study that will be exploring how young people who have experienced foster care determine educational success. Aim of the research This research aims to gain an understanding of how young people perceive and interpret what success at school is, and …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards – Nominations are Now Open

Do you know an extraordinary caregiver or caregiver couple that takes that extra step to provide the children in their care with encouragement and incredible support? Do you think they deserve to be celebrated acknowledged for the difference they make to the lives of the children in their care. Each year 10 amazing caregivers or caregiver couples are celebrated for …

Updates to Oranga Tamariki Policies

There have been updates to a number of Oranga Tamariki policies including the Caregiver support policy and the Allegations of abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki by caregivers policy. You can see the policies here: Caregiver Support Policy: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/policy/caregivers-support-and-review/ Allegations of abuse, neglect, or harm of Tamariki by Caregivers Policy: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/policy/allegations-against-caregivers/ Did you know Did you know that when a …

Support Groups

Around the country caregivers are getting together to support each other and enjoy each others company.  We have seen a renewed interest in Support Groups and it is encouraging to see groups starting up in new areas. People are telling us that it is easy to set up a new group and it is lovely to receive a ‘supporters pack’ …