Upper North News – April 2017

Hi everyone, Whew! March has been a busy month but great. We had a great Children’s Day event here in Whangarei to kick off Foster Care Awareness Week. As April begins, it will be interesting to see what changes happen with the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki mahi this month. If you have questions, please contact myself or …

Canterbury News – April 2017

It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Pauline and Bob Cox of Canterbury who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  Unfortunately, Bob was not able to come to Wellington and receive his award.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. A …

Lower South News – April 2017

Congratulations to Sally & Reece McChlery and Ann & Ron Giles who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award earlier last month.  Thank you to both couples for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. It was great to hear about the events around the region celebrating ‘Children’s Day’ earlier this month.  …

Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

MEDIA RELEASE 31 March 2017 Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki  CEO Linda Surtees pledges to continue working with the new organisation to ensure caregivers have the tools they need to support our most vulnerable children. The Chief Executive Officer of Fostering Kids NZ, Linda Surtees, welcomes the launch of the Ministry for Vulnerable …

Upper South News – April 2017

Kia Ora and welcome to the April Snippets. I would especially like to welcome new members that have joined us over the last few months. I have met some of you already and am very encouraged that a number of you have started your journey by attending workshops or events that the Association has offered this term. By the time …

Lower North News – April 2017

Kia ora everyone It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Tip and Bill Houia of Palmerston North who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award. Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. Many thanks to Allen & Liz Birch and David and …

Central North News – April 2017

Kia ora koutou What a weather bomb we were hit with early in March!  However, while it was causing havoc up here, Wellington turned on a perfect day to end the Foster Care Awareness Week with the Excellence in Foster Care Awards on Friday 10th.  It was a privilege and an honour to be present at Government House to proudly …

East Coast – April 2017

Tēnā koutou It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Tip and Bill Houia who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  This couple used to run a Family Home in the Hawkes Bay and are now running the Palmerston North one.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many …

A beginner’s guide to the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

April 1 2017 marked a turning point for everyone in New Zealand’s caregiving community. Child, Youth and Family was replaced by the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. The changes have been hotly debated – both in Parliament and the community. But everyone agrees, we need to do something to help improve the lives of our most vulnerable children. …

North West News – April 2017

Kia ora koutou katoa, Foster Care Awareness Week celebrations were brilliant! The Brooklands Zoo event was a lovely afternoon, well attended by Taranaki caregivers including some who travelled up from South Taranaki. The weather was kind and the abundance of food included some pretty fantastic home baking from the CYF caregiver social work team! The children were delighted to see …

Auckland South Waikato News – April 2017

Kia Ora all, We have had a busy few weeks leading up to Foster Care Awareness Week.  We had an amazing event at Dingwall on the 5th March, over 200 people attended and it was a successful day.   I would like to acknowledge the following organisations and individuals for their donations, support and input into our day: Dingwall Trust, Auckland …

Auckland North News – April 2017

Tēnā koutou We had an amazing Foster Care Awareness Week last month with our big Children’s Day event held at the HBC Youth Centre.  We had fabulous feedback that everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves especially those that had a chance in the photo booth.  I am so happy how it ran and again a huge thank you …

Linda’s message about the caregiving changes

Linda Surtees, CEO of Fostering Kids NZ, says the new system must honour the need for children to have stable homes. On April 1st, we entered a new chapter in New Zealand’s caregiving community. Child, Youth and Family was replaced by the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, as part of Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s sweeping reforms of …

Remembering Mary Pullen

This month, we remember the contribution of Mary Pullen to Canterbury’s fostering community. Mary passed away on March 22 and was farewelled at a service on Monday March 27. Mary was an outstanding and inspiring person. Small in stature, large in life and a larger heart – Mary always had time for everyone. Over the years she gave unconditional commitment …

Caring for a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Are you caring for a child or young person who you suspect has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Dosorder, or one who has been diagnosed? In this episode of our online radio show The Carecast – we discuss how brain injuries caused by exposure to alcohol on the womb have a lasting impact – and what we can all do to help. …

Congratulations to Pauline and Bob Cox

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipients. Pauline made the trip to Government House to collect the award on behalf of husband Bob, who couldn’t travel because of ill-health. Pauline and Bob have been providing foster care in Canterbury for 18 years. In that time they’ve cared for more than 80 children. Social workers say Pauline and Bob are both …

Congratulations to Ann and Ron Giles

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Invercargill couple Ann and Ron Giles have been caring for children and young people for around 45 years. Friends and colleagues in the caregiving world say they have an uncanny ability to connect with those they care for. With a combination of unconditional love and clear boundaries, then have succeeded in breaking the …

Congratulations to Sally and Reece McChlery

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients Sally and Reece have welcomed children of all ages into their family and busy household for 13 years. Well known and respected in the Queenstown Lakes community, their story was recently featured here. Always there when needed – they’ve often responded at very short notice to take children in, no matter what their …

Celebration to remember for 2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipients

Wellington put on a magnificent day for the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Caregivers flew from as far afield as Invercargill and Orewa to be acknowledged by Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO. The day started with a tour of Parliament, followed by lunch at the famous Backbencher Pub. Then it was back …

Congratulations to Pat Ede

Pat Ede and her huband David have been working with Youth Horizons in Manukau for 11 years – making them one of the organisation’s most experienced couples. Support workers say Pat and David are universally liked by those who stay with them. Young people feel they have a cheerleader in Pat – and the couple’s approach helps bring about meaningful …