Congratulations to Janice Goodgame

2018 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Janice has been a caregiver for 16 years. She has had four young people in her care while also taking on short term placements throughout this time. She began caregiving after being inspired by another caregiver. Janice is a loving and committed foster carer who goes out of her way to ensure …

Congratulations to Eufracia (Perry) Bunao

2018 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Known by many as Aunty Perry, this fantastic, humble woman has been a house parent for Homes of Hope in Tauranga for almost 14 years. In her time there she has cared for over 50 children, aged between 2 months and 12 years. With her empathetic and compassionate nature, Perry has been …

Fundraising with Entertainment!

Looking for fun activities to do with your tamariki like going to the zoo, seeing the latest movie or getting competitive with some bowling but find it is too expensive, then an Entertainment membership will have you covered. The Entertainment book and the Entertainment digital membership offers hundreds of vouchers for popular restaurants, attractions, travel and more; all vouchers have …

Auckland South Waikato News – March 2018

Welcome to another month, this year is off to a flying start.   We have a busy few months ahead. I am excited to be delivering a session on FASD on the 14 March at Level 1, 11 Dalgety Drive, Wiri, register through Fostering Kids NZ training website here (towards the bottom of the page)   Key Contacts update: We are still …

Request for examples of opening bank accounts for young people

Kia ora everyone, We’re hoping you can help us! Here at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, the independent connection and advocacy service for children and young people in care in New Zealand, we amplify the collective voice of children and young people in care on the issues that affect them.  We do this to fight for change for all tamariki and …

Face Your Future – Registrations OPEN

The L’Oréal Face Your Future event, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ, is aimed at teens in their last year of school, or for those who have already left school.  The two-day workshop explores career pathways, interview skills, and offers a session on personal presentation. Established in 2008, it focuses on positive and inspiring stories from people who have pushed …

How Do We Say Goodbye to a Child We Have Cared For

This was something we had never considered when we become foster carers, but it was something we had to deal with pretty quickly as we started our fostering journey. Some of the things that helped was; 1. Keep reminding yourself that reunification with birth family is the priority. 2.  Remind the foster children to send mother’s day cards, Christmas and …

North West News – March 2018

Kia ora Koutou I recently spent a week attending ‘DDP’ Training (Dyadic Developmental Practice) in Auckland. DDP includes the PACE model of parenting which you may have read about in Fostering Kids NZ Snippets and may have heard about at Fostering Kids NZ Conference. If not, DDP is a therapeutic approach that assists caregivers and the children in their care …

Supporting Children in Care Guide – Education

We’ve just found out about this resource from the Ministry for Education. Its excellent and worth a read. Every Early Childhood Centre, School and learning centre should know, read and use this resource. This guide is intended to help educators to understand and respond to some of the challenges that children and young people in care may present with as a consequence of their possibly traumatic early experiences …

Foster Care Awareness Week

  Following Children’s Day begins Foster Care Awareness Week,  4 – 10 March. Foster Care Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to recognise all the amazing caregivers who provide homes to children in need. Whether you provide emergency, interim, transitional, permanent, whanau / kin care, or  family home care. We want to celebrate and be thankful for all the work …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s Korero

The first 100 days for the new government has now past. They have put in place all that they said they would during the election. I am looking forward to meeting with the new Minister for Children, Hon. Tracey Martin in the not too distant future.  I am sure we would all like to know the government’s priorities in regards …

Upper North News – March 2018

  Warm Greetings to you all in the Fostering Kids NZ, Upper North Region. It’s been a wet and wild February, not to mention wera (Hot!).  I got caught in the flooding on 13 February when I was returning to Whangarei from my Kaitaia workshop.  I’ve never seen this much flooding in my lifetime in the North, but I guess …

Auckland North News – March 2018

Tena koe, February was a crazy weather month from beautiful sunny hot days to torrential rain, storms and flooding, hopefully March has a better outlook for us all. I am really looking forward to seeing many of you at our Caregiver Celebration Dinner on Saturday 3 March 2018. It will be an amazing event to honour you all.  We have great …

Central North News – March 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I hope you are all safe and that the damage was minimal from the storm of Gita that hit New Zealand. This month kicks off with a really important focus… You! It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018).  Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in …

East Coast News – March 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I hope you are all safe and that the damage was minimal from the recent Gita storm. This month kicks off with a really important focus… You! It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018).  Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in your area. Fostercare …

Lower North News – March 2018

  Kia ora all This month kicks off with a really important focus… You! It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018).  Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in your area. Fostercare Awareness week then follows.  This is a week to highlight and appreciate all of you; the wonderful …

Upper South News – March 2018

Kia Ora Whanau, As I write this from home, due to IT glitches and emergency planning warnings due to Cyclone Gita, I find myself looking around and wondering what I have missed in preparation for a possible emergency. I (or more accurately, my hubby) has tied the BBQ and outdoor furniture to the balcony balustrade, the rather large and awkward …

Canterbury News – March 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa What a wonderful summer we are having, I hope you have all managed to get out and about to enjoy it.  I am really looking forward to attending my first Excellence in Foster Care Awards on 9 March 2018 in Wellington.  To be there to see some amazing caregivers being recognised for the vital role they play …

Lower South News – March 2018

Kia Ora All, It is time to acknowledge and celebrate the great work caregivers do, by way of Foster Care Awareness Week starting the first week of March. I would like to extend a genuine congratulations to the caregivers who won an Excellence in Foster Care award from Otago and Invercargill this year. It is so deserving; I hope you …

Children’s Day – 4th March 2018

Join us in a day of celebration. March 4 2018 is National Children’s Day; a day to recognise the importance of children and why we care about them. As children are the future of our country, we must nurture them in order to thrive. So join in on the fun and celebrate by taking the kids along to one of the Children’s …