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 …

Getting a bank account – a response in rhyme!!!

I am 16, nearly 17, in your care and wanting to open a bank account –  what it’s like ‘to not exist’ as a legitimate person – just a  no-one! So you’ve asked what it takes –  to get an ID To prove I exist –  that I am the ‘Real Me’ I can’t get a job –  because IRD …

What Is Developmental Trauma

With the advances in neuroscience and the ability to map what is occurring in the human brain, we are now able to understand the impact of abuse, and neglect on the human brain for our tamariki/children in care. Hundreds of studies have shown us that children who suffer many adverse life experiences suffer damage to brain development. The term ‘developmental  trauma’ …

A Message From Oranga Tamariki

National Care Standards A set of proposed care standards have been developed through wide consultation with care-experienced children and young people, families and whānau, caregivers, Oranga Tamariki staff and care providers. Oranga Tamariki have been working on developing a new care standards document which will set out the relevant requirements in existing legislation as well as the requirements that will …

Request for examples of opening bank accounts for young people

Kia ora everyone, We’re hoping you can help us! Here at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, the independent connection and advocacy service for children and young people in care in New Zealand, we amplify the collective voice of children and young people in care on the issues that affect them.  We do this to fight for change for all tamariki and …

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.  The two-day workshop explores career pathways, interview skills, and offers a session on personal presentation. Established in 2008, it focuses on positive and inspiring stories from people who have pushed …

Supporting Children in Care Guide – Education

We’ve just found out about this resource from the Ministry for Education. Its excellent and worth a read. Every Early Childhood Centre, School and learning centre should know, read and use this resource. This guide is intended to help educators to understand and respond to some of the challenges that children and young people in care may present with as a consequence of their possibly traumatic early experiences …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s Korero

The first 100 days for the new government has now past. They have put in place all that they said they would during the election. I am looking forward to meeting with the new Minister for Children, Hon. Tracey Martin in the not too distant future.  I am sure we would all like to know the government’s priorities in regards …

Children’s Day – 4th March 2018

Join us in a day of celebration. March 4 2018 is National Children’s Day; a day to recognise the importance of children and why we care about them. As children are the future of our country, we must nurture them in order to thrive. So join in on the fun and celebrate by taking the kids along to one of the Children’s …

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 …