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 …

Thank you Z

  We would like to take the time to thank Z Energy for their amazing contribution in the community and to the people who got behind the GOOD IN THE HOOD campaign and voted. Throughout the month of May GOOD IN THE HOOD was held at local Z Stations in order to help raise funds for local community groups like …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s July Korero

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) Today is the 1st of July and it signals an exciting change in our organisation, one that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other.  As of today we are moving from large Associations to smaller support groups that can be set up by any caregiver.  We have already …

When a Child May be Suicidal

It can be difficult for a young person to tell you they are feeling suicidal. There is a lot on the internet about suicide of which some is conflicting and confusing. The main thing is to accept where the young person is at and validate how difficult is must be for them. Talking about suicide does not increase the likely …

Best Practice in Access

We are often asked by caregivers for clarification and advice about access, who should be supervising, where access should be held, how long should it be for and how frequent.  Unfortunately there isn’t a one sized fits all approach and access is complicated. Access needs to be in the child’s best interest and to be safe.  Child psychology expert Associate Professor …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s June Korero

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) As the cold weather rolls in with the arrival of winter, it brings running noses, boxes of tissues and big warm jackets, it is important to remember to look after yourselves. I cannot stress enough how important self care is as we can only give as much of ourselves to the children in …

Bogus Caller?

Fostering Kid NZ uses a number of methods to raise funds to support, train and advocate for our members.  We partner with external organisations that phone people on our behalf, asking for donations. There are a number of reasons why a person may be contacted – often they have ‘opted in’ after completing an on-line survey or something similar. If …

Therapeutic Parenting

Therapeutic parenting is a general term given to ways of parenting children that offers a healing environment alongside the parenting that all children need. Children are helped to feel safe so that they can recover from past trauma or distress alongside helping them to fulfil their developmental potential (Kim S. Golding, 2017). Therapeutic parenting helps a tamaiti (child) recover from trauma …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s May Korero

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) The year is again flying by and we are almost into winter, with indications of many opportunities and changes in the wings. For the first time, there is now a person at National Office, Oranga Tamariki that is in a position of strong influence for caregivers. At the end of last year, Trish …

It’s time to vote! Shop at one of the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for Fostering Kids NZ or an association. GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four …

L’Oreal and Fostering Kids NZ celebrate a decade of changing lives

  Reach for the stars is the message that has been shared with hundreds of care-experienced young people who have been through the innovative programme, Face Your Future. Last month saw the 10th anniversary of the annual programme run by L’Oréal New Zealand, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ. Since 2009, more than 450 care-experienced young people, aged between 16-18 years, …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s April Korero

CEO’s Kōrero (conversation) … The ongoing question for us at Fostering Kids NZ is – are we doing the best for our members? As an organisation, we evolved from the ground up. In 1976, a group of caregivers came together to support each other and to have a collective voice. From small beginnings, we are now a national organisation, supporting …

Update to benefits

If you are receiving the Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Caregiver Allowance you can expect there to be two increases in upcoming months.  These increases will happen automatically.  From the 1 April 2018 there will be a CPI increase  and from 1 July 2018 there will be a further increase.  In total, the rates of Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s …