Congratulations to Tapaeru and William Houia

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Children who arrive at the Family Home Tip and Bill run are soon made to feel comfortable by their friendly and happy manner. They learn that their needs come first and quickly settle in. Known for their ability to connect with teenagers, Tip and Bill are adept at managing some of their most …

Congratulations to Sally Mowbray-Lee and Brian Lee

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Sally Mowbray-Lee says after 26 years of fostering her and Brian were really ‘chuffed’ to be acknowledged. Strong advocates for children in their care, Sally and Brian devote time to each child’s educational, sporting and other interests, as well as helping them stay in touch with those who support and mentor them. Sally …

Congratulations to Sharon and Gary Richardson

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. There was no shortage of people ready to come forward and say why Sharon and Gary deserve an award. They’ve been described as “simply phenomenal in every way,” for their outstanding foster care, and all they do to mentor and support foster carers needing respite, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and as ambassadors for Barnardos. …

Congratulations to Yasser El Shall

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipient. Yasser El Shall, his wife and their children made the decision to start fostering five years ago. “First and foremost, you have to have the support of your family,” he says. Yasser says he got into fostering almost by chance, when a neighbour asked him if he’d be interested. But soon it became …

Congratulations to Dennis and Lauren Rei

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Dennis and Lauren Rei have been family home caregivers in New Plymouth since 2014. Tireless advocates for the children and young people in their care – Dennis and Lauren always go the extra mile, sometimes quite literally, driving hundreds of kilometres to help the children and young people who are transitioning. Dennis …

Congratulations to Rose Bennett

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipient. Rose Bennett says she’s always had a passion for children – and knew in her heart she could make a difference to their lives. She first became a foster mother in the 1980s. Then, after a break, she signed up again in 2009. Since then she’s fostered more than 60 children and young …

The political debate over caregiving

As you probably know, it is election year. And that means debate in Parliament has stepped up a notch. If you don’t follow the news you may not have heard – there’s currently a battle going on over changes to the laws that protect children and young people in care. Recently, Radio New Zealand compiled a report on this issue …

Save our 2017 Conference date!

We’re excited to share more details about our annual conference – coming up in September this year. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Foster Care.’ We want to use the opportunity to acknowledge all that you do – while inspiring you with other stories of struggle and success. The conference will be held in Christchurch  – and we want to get as …

Foster Care Awareness Week – 5 – 11 March

March is always an important month on the Fostering Kids NZ calendar – not only do we have Children’s Day on March 5th – we also have Foster Care Awareness Week from 5 – 11 March. Foster Care Awareness Week provides an opportunity for us to share our stories and celebrate the everyday heroes in the community who provide extraordinary …

More peas please!

For Home for Life dad Russ, getting his 11 year old boy to eat vegetables can be a challenge, but not when he’s serving up this tasty dish!   Ingredients: 6 slices streaky bacon 1 small bunch fresh mint 100g Parmesan cheese sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1 chicken stock cube, optional 400g dried shell pasta olive oil 300g …

Celebrate Children’s Day – Sun 5th March

Children’s Day, Te Rā O Te Tamariki, is the annual opportunity for us to unite and celebrate the precious young people in our lives. The day has been celebrated here for more than ten years – it’s a chance to focus on the meaning of our relationships with our tamariki. You can find out what is happening in your neighbourhood here – …

Are you swimming between the flags?

As responsible caregivers, we always make sure our children swim between the flags, but how many of us are taking unnecessary risks in our own caring practice? We talk to Fostering Kids NZ staff about what caregivers need to do to keep everyone safe. Andeana Pilalis is the Critical Support Manager at Fostering Kids NZ. A big part of her …

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – a new service for young people in care.

What is VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai? VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is an independent connection and advocacy service being set up in partnership with care experienced children and young people, four philanthropic funders (The Tindall Foundation, Foundation North, Todd Foundation and Vodafone Foundation), Government through the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and NGOs such as Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services and …

Caring for a teen who needs direction?

Consider L’Oreal Face Your Future. We’re looking for participants for this year’s programme on April 20th and 21st. L’Oreal Face Your Future is a two day event designed for young people in care who are looking for inspiration and motivation. Participants are flown to Auckland for two days of workshops exploring career pathways and practical skills to get your foot …

Newshub star raises $2K for Fostering Kids NZ

If you’re a movie lover, then you’re bound to be a fan of Newshub Entertainment Editor Kate Rodger. What you might not know is that she is also a fan of the work of Fostering Kids NZ. So, when Kate and her family were asked to appear on Celebrity Family Feud this month, Kate chose Fostering Kids NZ as the …

Does your child get the Unsupported Child’s or Orphan’s Benefit?

Apply for the School and Year Start-up Payment now! Applications close on 28 February 2017. Payments range from $400 to $550.   This one off payment is to help with the costs that mostly happen at the beginning of the year – expenses like clothing, school fees and stationery. The amount you get is based on the age of the …

Frosting Kids? This label really takes the cake!

We couldn’t help but laugh when this printer cartridge arrived in a stationery order at National Office just before Christmas! As foster parents we are probably all used to getting called some unusual names – but this one really takes the cake!

Protecting the privacy of children in transitional care

These days, smartphone technology is making it very easy to publish photos and videos of our family and friends onto sites like Facebook and Instragram. But, if a child is in your transitional care, you need to think carefully about ways in which their safety may be compromised by your actions. Do NOT post identifiable photos unless: you have consent …

Healthy Banana Ice Cream

You won’t believe how simple it is to make.   Want to give the family a sweet treat, without the sugar? Have we got the recipe for you! This delicious dessert only requires ONE ingredient, frozen bananas! Step 1: Peel, cut into thirds and freeze four bananas – this will serve four people. Step 2: Place the bananas into a …