How we help – your story

At Fostering Kids NZ we would like to hear your story about how we have empowered, supported and trained you to provide a safe and nurturing home.   We would like to know how this has changed the life of the children in your care and made your caregiver journey better. We would like these stories to share with sponsors/donors and …

School and Year Start-up Payment

If you’re caring for someone else’s child and need help with pre-school or school-related costs at the beginning of the year, you may be able to get the School and Year Start-up Payment. You can get a School and Year Start-up Payment if you’re getting Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit. You can get the payment for every child that you …

Transition to School

For most children starting the school year will be an exciting time as they look forward to the new learning and meeting or making new friends.  Some children and young people however, can struggle with change and transitions. This week, you will be getting your children ready for school or you child will already be in their first days of …

Face Your Future – Registrations OPEN

The L’Oréal Face Your Future event, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ, is aimed at teens in their last year of school, or for those who have already left school.  Established in 2008, it focuses on positive and inspiring stories from people who have pushed through adversity and have succeeded in their lives, businesses or careers. The two-day workshop explores …

The Emotional Significance of Food

Children and young people that come into care may be highly resistant to being nurtured. This could come in many forms including nourishment (food). Some children may not have had regular meals or food may have been scarce, so that when they come to live with you they may hoard food, over eat, be fussy eaters or only eat food …

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

Happy New Year to all of our members. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends. Fostering Kids NZ staff are now back to work and we are looking forward to an interesting 2018. As you may be aware, the new Government promised an inquiry in its 100-day plan for an independent inquiry into child abuse …

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

“Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia ki ngā iwi me ngā hapū katoa  “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” to all the tribes and hapū. With the Christmas season already here, the end of the year around the corner, and a new year upon us, it gives us the perfect time to reflect on those things that are truly …

BOARD PAYMENTS OVER THE 2017/18 CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Over the holiday season there will be some changes to the regular scheduled board payments. Oranga Tamariki has already sent this information to you directly.  But in case you missed it – The arrangements for board payments over the 2017/2018 Christmas and New Year period are as follows: The board run 4 December for the period 22/11/2017 to 6/12/2017 will include …

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 …