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 …

Holiday Greetings!

Most people would agree, 2016 has been a real rollercoaster ride. From seismic shifts on the political stage to seismic shifts under our feet, this year has been marked by uncertainty and change. So, this year more than most, we’re all looking forward to putting aside the pressures of daily life and spending time with our loved ones over the …

Board Payments over the 2016/17 Christmas period

Over the holiday season there will be some changes to the regular scheduled board payments. CYF has already sent this information to you directly. But in case you missed it: The board payment on 7 December 2016 included the Christmas Allowance payment. If a child or young person comes into your care before 21 December 2016, you will receive the Christmas …

Tips for caregivers dealing with feelings triggered by earthquakes.

If you are in the earthquake zone, please know our thoughts are with you. We understand you’ll be focussed on supporting the children in your care. As a caregiver, you can be a powerful agent of change. Here are some practical things you can do to help children manage fear and anxiety. 1. Encourage the children express their feelings – …

Filmmaker releases project based on her care experience

December 2016 You may remember, a few months ago, we told you about a young film maker making a short movie which draws on her experience of foster care. Well now, Sydney Ann and her producer Ruby have released the film, and they want to share it with us. ‘Amelia Speaking’ was written and directed by Sydney Ann, and produced …

Awards bring joy for quake-hit caregiving family.

December 2016 Life has dealt some tough blows for caregiver Jules Wallace and her family. The Kaikoura earthquake destroyed their Waiau home and most of their possessions. The quake followed the loss of two of their children, one to cot death and another in a tragic farm accident. But, at the start of the month, the family had cause to …

Fostering Kids NZ welcomes Budget 16 investment.

26 May 2016 MEDIA RELEASE Fostering Kids NZ welcomes the targeted investment announced in Budget 2016 to support the work of caregivers with vulnerable children. The Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley has announced $199.9 million over four years for the transformation programme and the new child-centred operating model. This includes caregiver recruitment and training, and better access to support …

The right thing for our young people.

19 October 2016 MEDIA RELEASE Fostering Kids NZ applauds move to raise the age young people may leave care to 21, with support up to 25. Fostering Kids NZ (FKNZ), the charity which supports caregiving families, is praising Government reforms which will allow young people to access state care up to the age of 21, with support to 25. Once …