North West News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Here we are in Term 2! I hope the school holidays brought some relief from your busy routines and the chance to enjoy some family/whanau time. Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12 May and what a good excuse to take the opportunity for some self -care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from …

East Coast News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Here we are in Term 2! I hope the school holidays brought some relief from your busy routines and the chance to enjoy some family/whanau time. Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12 of May and what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from those …

Lower North News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Hands up who ate way too many chocolate eggs last month…. I know I did, but they were really, really good and so, so yummy! I also had my first ever birthday in New Zealand in April.  It was lovely experiencing an autumn birthday with all the pink and gold sunsets, clear starry sky’s and fluffy …

Upper South News – May 2019

Kia Ora Koutou to our Upper South Whanau, It’s that time again when daylight savings has ended and its time to check smoke alarm batteries, heater filters and electric blankets before the cold months arrive. Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12 May and what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts …

Canterbury News – May 2019

Kia ora everyone I have been extremely encouraged by the resilience I have seen of the people of Christchurch over this last month or so. I have also been so humbled to meet some amazing caregivers on my travels down to Canterbury recently with lots of training and support.  The quality of care and support you are wanting to provide …

Otago News – May 2019

Kia Ora Koutou, Did you know that I now have an office in PetriDish – 8 Stafford Street, Dunedin?  I’m based there Monday to Wednesday.  Please feel free to pop in and say hi. I am planning some road trips to North and South Otago in May. I will let you know the dates soon and hopefully we can arrange …

Lower South News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! By the time you get to read this, Easter will have been and gone and Term 2 will be starting. You will be back to getting our tamariki (children) into school routines.  Busy, Busy!  As well as putting all their events and commitments into our diaries, remember to make time for some Self-Care for you too!  …

Equipping Caregivers through NCTP Training

The children coming into care have such complex issues that relate to the trauma, abuse and neglect they have been exposed to. At Fostering Kids NZ we acknowledge that the strategies we use for our own biological children may not have the same effect on the children we care for due to the trauma they have experienced. With this in …

Fun During Foster Care Awareness Week

Back in March we had the opportunity to celebrate caregivers for the invaluable work they do. Foster Care Awareness Week gave us the chance to show our gratitude for the role caregivers take in the lives of the tamariki/children in their care. They are essential to ensure they are provided a safe environment to heal and thrive Caregivers often put …

Face your Future is a Hit!

For the past 11 years, L’Oréal and Fostering Kids NZ have seen more than 500 care-experienced young people, aged between 16 – 18 years, come together for an inspirational two days designed to get them thinking about what they want to do once they leave school. In the April school holidays, 50 very excited youth from Invercargill, Dunedin, Queenstown, Nelson, …

Upper North News – May 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm Greetings to You All Regional Hui in March On March 27 at Barge Park, Whangārei we held the  ‘Making Connections: Helping Kids Heal’ Fostering Kids NZ regional hui. Thanks to all who attended and made the day worthwhile.  We all made connections with new people and new knowledge to help heal …

Central North News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Here we are in Term 2! I hope the school holidays brought some relief from your busy routines and the chance to enjoy some family/whanau time. Mother’s Day is on the Sunday 12 of May – what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from …

Regional Hui a Success

Caregivers across the country are now buzzing with new knowledge. Since September 2018 Fostering Kids New Zealand has run one-day Hui in Nelson, Lower Hutt, Hastings, Gisborne, Dunedin and Whangarei. Each Hui had a different message while still focusing on how caregivers can help the children in their care to grow in a secure environment. Nelson: “Healing the Child”Lower Hutt: …

LIFT Success

Caring Families Aotearoa, a division of Fostering Kids New Zealand, recently delivered the Foundations for Attachment training to ten caregivers on the West Coast. Foundations for Attachment is a Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP) informed programme that helps caregivers to understand why the children and young people in their care do what they do.  We need to understand what is …

Conference 2019

There is just over six months until our National Conference and planning is well underway. Keep yourself free on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 October (the first week of Term 4) and join us at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland. We have some exciting international speakers coming and will have a great line up of national speakers. Registrations …

Congratulations

In recognition of their long-term commitment to the care sector and to our organisation, Chirstchurch caregivers Graeme and Gwenda Swinney are now officially Life Members of Fostering Kids NZ. Here at Fostering Kids NZ, we want to show our appreciation of these amazing caregivers and of all they have contributed. Gwenda has been a critical support worker since the service …

Upper North News – April 2019

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week March started with a shout out for the Tamariki  (Whangārei Children’s Day at the Pulse) and then a BBQ/Pizza night in Kaikohe in collaboration with the Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection team.  Kaikohe weather was perfect with only two helium balloons escaping the kids’ grasp. The …

Auckland News – April 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) March was clouded by such a tragedy that it takes precedence over any news. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch. No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of …

Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2019

Kia Ora whanau. There were many opportunities around the region to join in on the Children’s Day events.  I thoroughly enjoyed my day in Thames and can’t wait to do it all again next year!  We were able to treat caregivers during Foster Care Awareness Week.  I am very grateful to Varda Academy in Hamilton for hosting and pampering some …

North West News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! What a neat day we had at Everett Park Holiday Park on Children’s Day. We enjoyed lots of sunshine, connection and a BBQ lunch. The young people enjoyed water slide and archery activities, the little ones were enthusiastic about a variety of old fashioned games like egg and spoon, musical chairs, and balloon races. Thanks to …