Lower North News – February 2018

  This is a great image to remember. Why? Because rupture and repair are at the heart of healthy relationships. Mistakes happen. Struggles happen. The key is our capacity is to recognize our rupture, acknowledge it, share our concern about how this feels to those we love, and find a way to return to caring connection. What’s so surprising for …

North West News – February 2018

Kia ora Koutou Happy New Year to you all! I enjoyed a great holiday break, the amazing summer weather contributed hugely to my enjoyment of it and I hope it has helped you with your efforts to keep children occupied. I’ve come back to work this year feeling more passionate about the well-being of children in care in our community …

East Coast News – February 2018

Hari Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa/Happy New Year everyone! Trust you all enjoyed the typical Kiwi Christmas – whanau, friends, lots of children running around, noise, heaps of kai, sand, towels – exhausting but good fun all round.  I sure did have fun with all the mokopuna.  Our whangai son came with his partner and four children as well. …

Central North News – February 2018

Hari Tau Hau ki a koutou katoa/Happy New Year everyone! What wonderful weather we had for the Christmas/New Year period! At my Whare there were children, whanau, friends, dogs, food and drink, togs, towels, sand everywhere – a typical kiwi holiday all round, I guess. Hope yours went well too.  Our whangai boy stayed with his partner and four children.  …

Auckland South Waikato News – February 2018

Happy New Year to you all….. Although I have been away for a month, I have had caregivers on my mind. I want to acknowledge you all especially over the holiday period, where routines sometimes are not priority and there are often some behaviours that escalate over this time. I am also grateful that we have amazing caregivers who can …

Auckland North News – February 2018

Tena koe and Happy New Year I hope your holiday season was filled with love, laughter and whanau.  I had a lovely break with my kids and I also managed a road trip. It was great to see such a big turnout at the Kiwi Valley event hosted by Foster Hope Auckland for children in care.  Their support for carers …

Upper North News – February 2018

Happy New Year Everyone The Carer Families workshop is happening on 13 February, 9.30am – 2.30pm in Kaitaia. Would love to see you there. This is an interesting and reflective workshop that looks at the personal attributes and skills you have as a caregiver and the impact on the rest of the family. We will explore the sometimes complex effects …

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 …

STUDYLINK SUPPORT

If you are a transitional caregiver, and have a young person in care that you are supporting?  Are they thinking of tertiary study next year?   Are they applying for StudyLink?  If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, please give us a call on 0800 693 323 and ask for Stephanie for advice on completing the application form. Our office will …

NATIONAL OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURE

As the year comes to an end with school finishing and plans under way for Christmas, and then the long holiday break, we at Fostering Kids New Zealand wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. For those heading away, safe travels and an extra dose of creativity for those that have six weeks of school holidays to …

Outstanding Achievements

Twenty rangatahi were awarded for their outstanding achievements at the William Wallace Awards on 6 December 2017.  One in particular is special to us and is part of the Fostering Kids NZ family, Courtney McElligott. Courtney received a Leadership Award. “The award means a lot to me.  It means that I can go on the Spirit of Adventure.  The Spirit of Adventure will …

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

Play is not just a time filler between learning opportunities – it is learning. This workshop looks at children’s ‘play’. It explores the importance of play, why children play and the learning behind the play experience. It is a workshop for everyone, as play does or should not stop as we grow. You will have an opportunity to understand different …

Ways to Support a child’s emotions at Christmas Time

When you talk about Christmas to the child in your care, do you see glee and excitement in their face? Are they happy, laughing or smiling? Do they tell you about the fond memories they have of Christmas’s they have had in the past? Or, does the child in your care look sad, frightened or confused? Do they suddenly get …

WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY

Windows of Opportunity aims to provide information on when a child is most ready to acquire certain skills. It is vitally important for caregivers to understand that their response to the learning needs of a child aged between 0 to 48 months will hugely impact on a child’s emotional, social and intellectual development. Should a child’s learning be neglected the …

CUSTODY AND GUARDIANSHIP (DISCUSSION SESSION)

The discussion session defines the rights and responsibilities of both guardianship and custody when mokopuna move into care. It also explores the different sorts of guardianship. It is important that caregivers know the appropriate legal status and knowledge for dealing with the needs of the mokopuna who are now a part of the whānau. By the end of this session …

SECURING PERMANENCY

The amendments to the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act, July 2016, aim to simplify the securing of guardianship rights when caregivers decide they want to provide a permanent living arrangement for a mokopuna in their care. These new legal changes allow caregivers to choose which legal orders best suits their own and the mokopuna’s needs in becoming a …

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 …

Upper South News – December 2017/January 2018

Mere Kirihimete from the Upper South As we quickly approach the holiday season I am reminded as to why I should have had things planned earlier in the year! The weather all over the region has been stunning and hot already, the kids are getting tired, the BBQ needs cleaning, we can find the picnic table but not the legs …

Auckland South Waikato News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia Ora All This month has been another great and busy month supporting caregivers, training and our Family Fun Days at the pools.  The Christmas season can be a stressful time for all, but we need also to be mindful of our children, particularly those in our care.  This may be a time, where they long to be with their …