Auckland News – August 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I have had a whirlwind first month in this new role of Regional Coordinator for the Auckland area. I want to connect with you, your communities / neighbourhoods over time and ask that you feel free to get in touch with me. Fortunately the other Regional Coordinators around Aotearoa …

Central North News – August 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! First up, you will have received a mailout from our National Office about the changes to Support Groups/Association, changes that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other. Please take the time to consider the invitations and the opportunities presented. Feel free to contact me or Fostering Kids NZ National Office for more …

Upper South News – August 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I look out of my office today at the snow-capped hills around Nelson city. It seems that we are about to get the full blast of winter over the next few weeks. I have delivered the first Importance of Play workshop in our region this term.  The P(Playfulness) A(Acceptance) …

North West News – August 2018

Kia ora Koutou Well we really have hit the depths of winter, I hope everybody is taking special care to treat themselves kindly and find something that brings joy in the midst of these short, rainy, cold days! Recently I did some reading on whangai care. One paper in particular by Karen Okeroa McRae and Linda Waimarie Nikora: Whangai: remembering, …

Advocating for Caregivers

Last month we were disappointing to hear Minister Martin and the Children’s Commissioner saying on national TV that Oranga Tamariki had increased support for caregivers and that things were improving.  As the national advocate for caregivers in New Zealand, we spoke with the media. In the past year, we have seen some small areas of improvement, but generally caregivers are …

William Wallace Awards

Nominations for Oranga Tamariki’s annual William Wallace Awards close on Friday 10 August. These awards are a chance to acknowledge the incredible achievements of young people in care who have overcome major obstacles in their life. There are 15 – 20 scholarships available, which value up to $4,000. These scholarships hope to help the recipients to pursue their dreams and …

The Importance of Self-Care

Written by: ROB SURTEES, Therapist, Caring Families Aotearoa (subsidiary of Fostering Kids NZ) As part of the LIFT programme, which includes the Foundations for Attachment training (DDP informed) that Caring Families Aotearoa is delivering around New Zealand, self-care is an essential component.  We know that caregivers are not caring for themselves, as they should.  After attending our Foundations for Attachment training …

Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference

  The second Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD Conference will be held in Perth on 21 & 22 November 2018 – with the theme being “FASD Our Science, Our Stories”. This conference will bring the community together with academia and clinical practitioners in order to share their knowledge of FASD and the latest perspectives on diagnosis and management of …

Upper North News – August 2018

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa (Be well everyone) Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou (Warm greeting to you all) July was a quiet month for me and included a week of annual leave, so I painted a roof. Yes, painting in July (we needed to prepare for solar panels installation). Well that never happened, as we discovered a quarter of the …

Lower North News – August 2018

Kia ora everyone, I do hope everyone had a good school break, and that you managed to make the most of some of the winter sunshine we have had between the rainfall and showers this past month.  I know I keep finding myself singing all the raindrop songs I learnt as a little girl, but then recently there have been …

ReMoved Films

The ReMoved Films have been created with the intent to bring light to the often unknown subjects of Foster Care and Child Abuse/Neglect.  The films are available online to watch for free on YouTube, here is the first in the series. Warning: you may need a box of tissues.

Auckland News – July 2018

Kia ora everyone I’m reminded of the old chant…”rain, rain, go away, come again another day”.  Boy, we’ve had our winter share of liquid falling from the sky already and we’ve got another couple of months to go! New beginnings: I’d like to welcome Anna Gundesen.  Anna is our new Regional Coordinator for Auckland.   Welcome Anna – here’s message about …

Lifting Children Out of Vulnerability

A significant donation from a very kind-hearted woman will enable around 70 caregivers to participate in the Foundations for Attachment course, a much needed caregiver trauma informed therapeutic support programme adopted by Fostering Kids New Zealand. Verity, as she wishes to be known, has always cared deeply about underprivileged children. After studying economics at university she went on to work …

Thank you Z

  We would like to take the time to thank Z Energy for their amazing contribution in the community and to the people who got behind the GOOD IN THE HOOD campaign and voted. Throughout the month of May GOOD IN THE HOOD was held at local Z Stations in order to help raise funds for local community groups like …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s July Korero

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) Today is the 1st of July and it signals an exciting change in our organisation, one that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other.  As of today we are moving from large Associations to smaller support groups that can be set up by any caregiver.  We have already …

When a Child May be Suicidal

It can be difficult for a young person to tell you they are feeling suicidal. There is a lot on the internet about suicide of which some is conflicting and confusing. The main thing is to accept where the young person is at and validate how difficult is must be for them. Talking about suicide does not increase the likely …

Studylink – update

Over the past year we have been advocating for change to the way caregivers are means tested when young people want to further their study and apply for Studylink with Work and Income.  Unfortunately we have not yet seen any change.  Under the current policy it is assumed that caregivers are ‘acting in place of a parent’ of that young …

Best Practice in Access

We are often asked by caregivers for clarification and advice about access, who should be supervising, where access should be held, how long should it be for and how frequent.  Unfortunately there isn’t a one sized fits all approach and access is complicated. Access needs to be in the child’s best interest and to be safe.  Child psychology expert Associate Professor …

Upper North News – July 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa nga kaitiaki a Tamariki Mokopuna (Warm greetings to all you Carers of Tamariki Mokopuna) June has been another busy month for me as my team members and I have supported training delivery in the Auckland North region whilst a new colleague was appointed. I have such a supportive team and really enjoyed working …

East Coast News – July 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! First up congratulations are due for the number of people in the Gisborne and Hastings regions who voted for Fostering Kids NZ in the annual Z Petrol Station promotion “Good In The Hood”. As you can see the two lovely ladies on the right, Wendy and Hannah Pluijmers from the Hastings region, accepted the three cheques …