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 …

Upper North Update Dec 16/Jan 17

Kai ora all, Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Family Fun Days recently at the pools in Kawakawa and Whangarei. We had record attendance numbers at both events and everyone seemed to have a great day out. What a busy year we’ve had, starting with our FASD day and then so many training sessions throughout the year. …

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 …