Clothing Allowance

In this year’s budget $104.9m of new operating funding over the next four years is earmarked to provide a clothing allowance for children on the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit.  It will be paid at the same rate as the clothing allowance provided for children in foster care. This funding was approved a couple of years ago and is finally …

Auckland South/Waikato News – June 2018

Kia Ora All.. The month of May has been extremely busy with the Z Good in the Hood promotion.  It is exciting to be working with the amazing Aiga Team.    They are wanting to continue to work with us, not only in the month of May, but contribute towards some events and projects within our region.  I will keep you …

Lower South News – June 2018

  Kia Ora All Gosh already June, the time does go so fast… It is with great sadness and sorrow that I share that the Roxburgh Stand Children’s Village – (formally the Roxburgh children’s health Camp) is closing in July 2018. I have a personal connection to this place and know lots of you do too. I know our Grandparents …

Canterbury News – June 2018

Canterbury Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all Wow that was a quick change from summer to autumn/winter, I hope you all survived the snap of bad weather, especially those winds!  As the season has changed it is a timely reminder to check our smoke alarms and our heat pumps and fire maintenance for the coming colder months. The first new …

Upper South News – June 2018

Welcome to the Upper South news for June! 6 months into the year already and things don’t seem to be slowing down. We were lucky to have VOYCE – Whakaronga Mai come to Nelson in the school holidays and offer our Caregiving families a fabulous day at ProKarts. It was a huge amount of fun and I think we were …

Lower North News – June 2018

Kia ora all Some good news to share from us.  We are in the final stages of appointing a Regional Coordinator for our region.  We are aiming for a July start date.  I’ll update you more next month.  It was such a loss to our organisation and his family when we lost John last year.  We miss him and have …

North West News – June 2018

Kia ora Koutou Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day and you were appreciated for how important you are in the life of your family/whanau! We have a new member to our household, a six-month old puppy. Evie joins our 2 ½ year old dog. It’s been an opportunity to put on my therapeutic hat with a dog that …

East Coast News – June 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and will be cosy, warm and dry for the next three months. “Good in the Hood” Thanks for filling up during May at Z Gisborne, Z Windsor & Z Karamu Rd and voting to fundraise for Fostering Kids NZ by putting your orange token in the Fostering …

Central North News – June 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and that you will be warm, dry and cosy for the next three months. “For the Greater Good” This was a symposium for the Social Service sector I attended and was held in Tauranga on 14 May.  Many agencies were represented including the Mayor for Western Bay …

Auckland News – June 2018

Kia ora all Just to keep you in the loop, we are in the process of recruiting for the Auckland Regional Coordinator position for the region.  We are aiming for a mid June start date.  I’ll update you more next month.  Many, many thanks to the wonderful key contacts who have stepped up and been supporting caregivers while we have …

Upper North News – June 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa nga kaitiaki a Tamariki Mokopuna (Warm greetings to all you Carers of Tamariki Mokopuna) May has been all about play, play and more play.  The two Importance of Play workshops I’ve facilitated since last Snippets were received with enthusiasm by all participants. The P(Playfulness) A(Acceptance) C(Curiosity) E(Empathy) approach makes a lot of sense …

Therapeutic Parenting

Therapeutic parenting is a general term given to ways of parenting children that offers a healing environment alongside the parenting that all children need. Children are helped to feel safe so that they can recover from past trauma or distress alongside helping them to fulfil their developmental potential (Kim S. Golding, 2017). Therapeutic parenting helps a tamaiti (child) recover from trauma …

General Information

In recent months, we have been supporting a number of caregivers who have attended a family meeting and left that meeting with a child and no formal steps have taken place.  While we understand the emotion behind taking a child home with you, especially if they are a family member, if you accept this then you or that child may …

Upper North News – May 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) On 4 April I facilitated the Identity and Belonging workshop in Whangarei. The learning from the workshop emphasised the level of grief and loss felt by the three main parties in the care situation and all participants agreed this process is not easy on anyone. We had a …

Auckland North News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou While we are finding a replacement for the Auckland North Regional Coordinator position, I’m (Stephanie) writing the Snippets. If there’s anything I’ve missed about what’s happening in the area, let me know via email (support@nullfosteringkids.org.nz). By now the holidays are over,  well done you if you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our …

Central North News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I had the pleasure, along with several excited teens in care from Tauranga, to attend the L’Oréal Face Your Future event on the 19 – 20 April.  You may have seen the 7 Sharp feature on TV midway in April.  At the L’Oréal Face Your Future, the teens were “made over” in readiness for meeting with various professions/industry leaders. …

East Coast News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I had the pleasure, along with several excited teens in care from Tauranga, to attend the L’Oréal Face Your Future event on 19 – 20 April.  You may have seen the 7 Sharp feature on TV midway in April.  At the L’Oréal Face Your Future, the teens were “made over” in readiness for meeting with various professions/industry leaders. The …

North West News – May 2018

Kia ora Katoa/ Geetings all One of the amazing things that happens when we lose someone precious, is that the stories of their life are gathered together and shared with the community around them and we are able to hear and appreciate the bigger picture of their life. It was very moving listening to family and friends speak about the …

Lower North News – May 2018

Kia ora everyone By now the school holidays are over.  Well done you if you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our lovely ones are at home is a balancing act. Take a moment for yourself over these first days of settling back into school term routines. There is a great book I’m reading at the …

Upper South News – May 2018

Kia Ora, Another season has come to a close and we bid farewell to Daylight Savings until later in the year. I hope everyone has checked their smoke alarms and cleaned the filters in heatpumps ready for the cooler months. It was a sharp introduction to Autumn temperatures! Thank you to all who attended the Fostercare Awareness Week get togethers …