Caregiver Member Survey

It’s time to have your say again.  Fostering Kids NZ surveys our caregiver members and provides the results to the decision makers and various agencies.  This is your best avenue to inform the planning of both Fostering Kids NZ and the Ministry. If you are a caregiver member of Fostering Kids NZ and have not received an email with the …

Auckland South Waikato News – September 2017

Kia Ora All This month I had the pleasure of meeting with our South Auckland and Waikato/Hauraki Key contacts. We have some very passionate and wonderful people on our team. Sadly though, we have had to say goodbye to Wendy-May Scott who has had to resign from the role due to family matters.  Thanks for all your hard work Wendy-May …

Upper North News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou We said farewell to Judi Oliver a couple of weeks ago.  Fostering Kids NZ wants to acknowledge all the work, positive relationships and connections that Judi formed in her time as Regional Coordinator.  We wish her all the best for her future endeavours and journey. Judi will still be delivering our National Caregiver Training Programme over the …

Upper South News – September 2017

Kia ora koutou I think we are getting a sniff of spring with the longer evenings and the odd warm day. Those that suffer from hay fever and allergies won’t be overly impressed with the waves of pollen getting blown about. It was fabulous to see so many Marlborough caregivers and families attend the mid-winter dinner in Blenheim early last …

Lower North News – September 2017

Kia ora koutou Is it me or is it getting warmer? Nope, it’s just me. However, there seems to be more sunlight so things must be heading in the right direction. I hope all of you are well and looking forward to the coming month when we have our conference!! I’m looking forward to meeting more of you and to …

Auckland North News – September 2017

Tēnā koutou Well it is slowly starting to warm up and it is officially SPRING.  Only 17 weeks till Christmas, wow! Our Regional Hui was a huge success with great numbers and fabulous speakers.  We have had great feedback on the event and I hope all that attended got something out of it and also enjoyed all the donated goodies …

20 is Plenty

A survey by the University of Otago School of Pharmacy has shown that up to 60% of Dunedin people were unaware that, after paying for 20 prescription items, they become exempt from prescription charges for funded medicine.  Even fewer people were aware the subsidy applied to families as a group. If you’ve paid for 20 prescriptions in a year (from …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards – 2018 Nominations now open

Do you know a caregiver or caregiver couple who go the extra mile to provide care, support and encouragement to the children that are or have been in their care? Nominations are now open for the 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Fostering Kids New Zealand has been recognising the extraordinary work that caregivers do by celebrating the Excellence in Foster Care awards annually since …

Lower South News – September 2017

Kia ora everybody We so often hear about social media in relation to our children and young people’s safety and mental health, and I received this information just this week from John Parson. He has now written a book, has a brochure about it and also a short clip…please see below for the details and links. I think it would …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s September Message to You

Tēnā koutou katoa Studylink update You may have read on our facebook page the update I posted about Studylink. As you may be aware, we have been advocating for change to the way caregivers are means tested when our young people want to further their study and apply for Studylink.  I have met with Minister Tolley, she was very sympathetic …

North West News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou I hope the 3rd school term is going well for both caregivers and the children in your care. The shorter days invariably see children spending a lot more time cooped up inside. This may mean spending more energy managing screen time and the concerns that this raises. A helpful resource a colleague shared with me recently is …

East Coast News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou Trust you are well in these turbulent and exciting political times! No doubt there are lots of events and news in your local areas trying to influence your vote. Association Information Tairawhiti (Gisborne) Association A Morning Tea was held on 16 August.  We all enjoyed the thought provoking video of The Healing Brain.  It helped us understand …

Auckland South Waikato News – August 2017

Kia Ora koutou This month I had the opportunity to meet with most of the Caregiver Social Workers who work for Oranga Tamariki and Non-Government Organisations. I thought you might be interested at what was discussed during our day together: •     Our topic was ‘Voices of Children in Care’. We had some great speakers from VOYCE-speaking about the …

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round is a pre-loved and new children’s clothing shop located in Christchurch. They are happy to courier anywhere in New Zealand. Merry Go Round has a wide range of girls and boys clothing from newborn to seven years at fabulous prices.  All garments are fastidiously sorted to ensure they are stain free and there are no rips.  Garments …

“You Ask Why I Act As I Do”

You ask why I act as I do – My screaming, throwing, hitting – I think that I should know, But I don’t know. My actions – they call them, compulsive, impulsive, repulsive – Keep bursting out, of some nameless, chaotic, broken place that you call my ‘self’. You say that they are intentional, though I don’t know if I’ve …

Earlybird Registrations Closing Soon

Fostering Kids New Zealand’s conference is New Zealand’s premier conference for caregivers and people who work with children in care. With an exciting line-up of international and local speakers, the conference presents a rare opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, some of the most dynamic minds in the caregiving field. This year we’ll be at the Rydges, Christchurch …

Resources from Oranga Tamariki

It is important that all Foster caregivers are familiar with the policies around caring for children. The Foster Care Handbook gives a brief overview of some of these policies.  You can request a copy from your Social Worker or download it from the Oranga Tamariki website using this link –  https://mvcot.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Caregivers-A4-handbook.pdf Andeana Pilalis, Critical Support Manager at Fostering Kids NZ, …

East Coast News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou I trust the school holidays were enjoyed by all and that by now you are all back into usual routines. There was quite a cold snap in the area with snow on the Napier/Taupo Road.  Hoping its all clear and open when I come through in early September! Luckily the Waioeka Gorge doesn’t close that often.  Touch …

Upper North News – August 2017

Kia ora all It is with very mixed feelings that I let you know that I am leaving the position of Regional Coordinator for Fostering Kids NZ to take up more hours working for Jigsaw North in Whangarei as a Child & Family Therapist. I will still be running some training sessions for Fostering Kids NZ, so I hope to …

Central North News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou Back to school!  I trust the holidays went well for you all. Are you a member of our Central North Facebook closed page for caregiver members?  Here is the link.  You will find interesting articles and it is a place to connect for specific support. The posts are about notices of meetings, events relevant to caregivers, articles …