Kid’s love their new bikes

Elevate provide charity team building events called “Build My Ride”.  At these events, the corporate teams compete to earn points (parts of the bike). Recently, many companies have participated in these event, where the bikes have been donated to children in the care of Fostering Kids NZ members. The excitement builds for the children as they wait for the teams to complete …

Father’s Day

A male role model is so important in a child’s life. As father’s day is this Sunday, many foster fathers get left out. However, for children in care, often their foster dads are the main male role model they have. To celebrate all you incredible foster dads on father’s day, we thought we would share with you the story of Nathan Wallis, …

Annual General Meeting

Fostering Kids NZ (New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation Inc.) will be holding their AGM at 2.00pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.  This year’s AGM will be held at Hutt City Baptist Church, 132-146 High St, Lower Hutt 5010.  For those unable to attend the AGM in Lower Hutt, you are invited to join your Regional Coordinator to participate in the AGM via skype …

Auckland South/Waikato News – September 2018

Kia ora Recently there was a lovely evening where a lot of caregivers, past and present Fostering Kids NZ staff, family and friends of Billie Galloway came together to celebrate the 60 years of caregiving that she has given to the care sector in New Zealand. What an amazing woman. An inspiration to us all for her dedication and commitment.  …

Upper North News – September 2018

Kia ora koutou/Be well Everyone Support Groups I’m keen to support small groups, rural (3 members minimum) and suburban (5 members minimum), to come together to create their own networks for what ever reason is important to them.  On our Fostering Kids NZ website you will find details that explain how to set up a support group, please take a …

Auckland News – September 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Well I am now into my second month in this role and it all still feels so new and fresh. I have loved meeting some of you through various connections and trainings. Please feel free to contact me on Facebook, email, text or ring our 0800 number, what …

Central North News – September 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! August has been a busy month with the delivery of the Foundations For Attachment Training, as part of the LIFT Programme,every Tuesday in the Arataki Centre, Mount Maunganui. 12 caregivers were funded by Oranga Tamariki, PCSS and a Fostering Kids NZ benefactor to attend these and the follow up support to be given over several months.  The …

East Coast News – Septmeber 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I hope you have all been able to make the most of the few fine days we’ve had to top up on vitamin D.  I am seeing the colourful flowers begin to appear in gardens and on the trees and shrubs. Don’t you just love to see colour popping up to push away the dark winter …

North West News – Septemeber 2018

Recently we ran a workshop in Whanganui ‘Building Secure Attachments’. What a great day we had together and great to see some new faces in the big group. Thanks to all who came. Here’s something to bring some spring cheer to all of us, bright yellow daffodils usually are a sign we’re heading into better weather.  Spring is often referred to …

Lower North News – September 2018

Kia ora everyone, I was really hoping that this month I would be able to leave the “rain” speak behind! But with the wet and rainy spring weather comes the birth of new life,  new beginnings, new possibilities, fresh starts and hope. As I drive around the Lower North area, meeting so many of you, I am watching the lambs …

Upper South News – September 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) So how did we get to September already?? The good thing is that our Regional Hui, get together, symposium (whichever word you prefer) is now on our doorstep. I am looking forward to spending a day just being together with people who understand how rewarding, but how hard …

Canterbury News – September 2018

Kia ora All Spring is in the air. One of the focuses of the last couple of months has been the new, trauma informed, National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) workshops.  These were developed in partnership with Oranga Tamariki and we’re glad to see the latest science around trauma and approaches to caring for children who have experienced this.  In particular; …

Lower South News – September 2018

Kia ora All Daffodils, lambs and calves must mean it’s spring time again! For those of you who are working on the land, I hope all is going well as you nurture and tend to your animals, pastures and plantings. Where ever you live, be it urban or rural, isn’t it lovely to feel the warmth of the sun as …

Canterbury News – August 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all I hope you all enjoyed the school holiday and had lots of adventures.   We certainly had the weather for it, most days were wonderful and sunny! I really have enjoyed facilitating the new updated workshops; Building Secure Attachments, Child Development and Understanding and Supporting Behaviour.  Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their …

Lower South News – August 2018

Kia Ora everyone This month I have been thinking a lot about self-care. We cannot pour from an empty cup…so we need to find ways to keep topping ours up. How do we do that when we have children who have come from a hard place to care for? We have work and relationships to maintain, we have appointments to …

Auckland South/Waikato News – August 2018

Kia ora and Ka Kite ano (Hello and I’ll see you again) As my last week with Fostering Kids NZ has been and gone, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been in this privileged role of supporting caregivers. I just want to say a huge thank you to Fostering Kids New Zealand for the experiences, the learning and …

Update to Benefits from 1 July 2018

From the 1st July 2018 the Orphans or Unsupported Child’s Benefit were increased to match the Caregiver Allowance.  In addition to this those on the Orphans or Unsupported Child’s Benefit should also be receiving a weekly clothing allowance for the children in your care. You do not have to apply for the Clothing Allowance as it will be automatically paid with your …

East Coast 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 …

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 …