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’ …

You’re invited – Annual General Meeting

Fostering Kids NZ (NZ Family and Foster Care Federation Inc.) will be holding their AGM at 2.00pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.  This year’s AGM will be held at Hutt City Baptist Church, 132-146 High St, Lower Hutt 5010.  For those unable to attend the AGM in Lower Hutt, you are invited to join your Regional Coordinator to participate in the AGM and for afternoon …

Aunty Billie Retires

Billie Galloway has only recently retired from caregiving after 60 years of service and caring for thousands of children.   Known as ‘Mum”, Aunty Billie and more lately ‘Nana”, Billie’s year’s of caregiving were celebrated in Auckland recently by those she had cared for, people she had worked with, friends and family.  All acknowledged this wonderful woman who is always smiling …

New for Training

We are excited about some new changes to the National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) training programme.  The workshops are designed to empower and equip you with the knowledge you need to help children thrive. Research shows that when students become reflective about the teaching and learning process, they are strengthening their own capacity to learn. Our newly updated three core …

Kid’s love their new bikes

Elevate provide charity team building events called “Build My Ride”.  At these events, the corporate teams compete to earn points (parts of the bike). Recently, many companies have participated in these event, where the bikes have been donated to children in the care of Fostering Kids NZ members. The excitement builds for the children as they wait for the teams to complete …

Father’s Day

A male role model is so important in a child’s life. As father’s day is this Sunday, many foster fathers get left out. However, for children in care, often their foster dads are the main male role model they have. To celebrate all you incredible foster dads on father’s day, we thought we would share with you the story of Nathan Wallis, …

Annual General Meeting

Fostering Kids NZ (New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation Inc.) will be holding their AGM at 2.00pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.  This year’s AGM will be held at Hutt City Baptist Church, 132-146 High St, Lower Hutt 5010.  For those unable to attend the AGM in Lower Hutt, you are invited to join your Regional Coordinator to participate in the AGM via skype …

Update to Benefits from 1 July 2018

From the 1st July 2018 the Orphans or Unsupported Child’s Benefit were increased to match the Caregiver Allowance.  In addition to this those on the Orphans or Unsupported Child’s Benefit should also be receiving a weekly clothing allowance for the children in your care. You do not have to apply for the Clothing Allowance as it will be automatically paid with your …

Advocating for Caregivers

Last month we were disappointing to hear Minister Martin and the Children’s Commissioner saying on national TV that Oranga Tamariki had increased support for caregivers and that things were improving.  As the national advocate for caregivers in New Zealand, we spoke with the media. In the past year, we have seen some small areas of improvement, but generally caregivers are …