Congratulations to Tapaeru and William Houia

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Children who arrive at the Family Home Tip and Bill run are soon made to feel comfortable by their friendly and happy manner. They learn that their needs come first and quickly settle in. Known for their ability to connect with teenagers, Tip and Bill are adept at managing some of their most …

Congratulations to Sally Mowbray-Lee and Brian Lee

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Sally Mowbray-Lee says after 26 years of fostering her and Brian were really ‘chuffed’ to be acknowledged. Strong advocates for children in their care, Sally and Brian devote time to each child’s educational, sporting and other interests, as well as helping them stay in touch with those who support and mentor them. Sally …

Congratulations to Sharon and Gary Richardson

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. There was no shortage of people ready to come forward and say why Sharon and Gary deserve an award. They’ve been described as “simply phenomenal in every way,” for their outstanding foster care, and all they do to mentor and support foster carers needing respite, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and as ambassadors for Barnardos. …

North West News – March 2017

Message from Teena Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Foster Care Excellence Awards in Wellington on the 10th March.  Many events around the country will be held during this week 6th – 11th March to help raise awareness of the great and important role …

East Coast – March 2017

Message from Cath Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Foster Care Excellence Awards in Wellington on the 10th March.  Many events around the country will be held during this week 5h – 11th March to help raise awareness of the great and important role …

Canterbury News – March 2017

Message from Stephanie Kia ora everyone This is a very important month for the Foster/Whanau/Kin care sector in New Zealand and I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the importance of humanity than by looking after our children. This month at Fostering Kids New Zealand we are celebrating the awesome work you all do by looking after the …

Central North News – March 2017

Message from Gonny Kia ora koutou It’s a busy month ahead with Foster Care Awareness Week starting from Sunday 5 March on Children’s’ Day.  No doubt there will be lots of local events planned for your family to attend on Children’s’ Day.  The role you do as a Foster/Whanau/Kin carer is so important. We appreciate you. There is “The Big Splash” …

Lower North News – March 2017

Message from Stephanie Kia ora everyone This is a very important month for the Foster/Whanau/Kin care sector in New Zealand and I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the importance of humanity than by looking after our children. This month at Fostering Kids New Zealand we are celebrating the awesome work you all do by looking after the …

Upper South News – March 2017

Message from Denise Kia Ora Upper South whanau. Wow – March already! It always seems so busy starting the new year with school, routines, sports and life’s commitments so hopefully now we get to take a breath and look at the term and what it has to offer. March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week and a …

Auckland South Waikato News – March 2017

Message from Dallas Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Excellence in Foster Care Awards in Wellington on the 10th March. Congratulations to Rose Bennett, Pat Ede, Sally Mowbray-Lee and Brian Lee who are heading to Government House on the 10th to be honoured at …

Upper North News – March 2017

Message from Judi Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week – and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Foster Care Excellence Awards in Wellington on March 10th. Many events around the country will be held during this week 5th – 11th March to help raise awareness of the great and important role …

Congratulations to Yasser El Shall

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipient. Yasser El Shall, his wife and their children made the decision to start fostering five years ago. “First and foremost, you have to have the support of your family,” he says. Yasser says he got into fostering almost by chance, when a neighbour asked him if he’d be interested. But soon it became …

Congratulations to Dennis and Lauren Rei

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Dennis and Lauren Rei have been family home caregivers in New Plymouth since 2014. Tireless advocates for the children and young people in their care – Dennis and Lauren always go the extra mile, sometimes quite literally, driving hundreds of kilometres to help the children and young people who are transitioning. Dennis …

Auckland North News – March 2017

Message from Sasha Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Foster Care Excellence Awards in Wellington on the 10th March.  Many events around the country will be held during this week 5th – 11th March to help raise awareness of the great and important role …

Lower South News – March 2017

Message from Barbara Kia Ora every one I cannot think of a better way to help humanity than by looking after our children. This month at Fostering Kids NZ we are celebrating the awesome work you all do by looking after the children you have in your home. By nurturing, loving and healing you are giving them a better chance …

Congratulations to Rose Bennett

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipient. Rose Bennett says she’s always had a passion for children – and knew in her heart she could make a difference to their lives. She first became a foster mother in the 1980s. Then, after a break, she signed up again in 2009. Since then she’s fostered more than 60 children and young …

The political debate over caregiving

As you probably know, it is election year. And that means debate in Parliament has stepped up a notch. If you don’t follow the news you may not have heard – there’s currently a battle going on over changes to the laws that protect children and young people in care. Recently, Radio New Zealand compiled a report on this issue …

Save our 2017 Conference date!

We’re excited to share more details about our annual conference – coming up in September this year. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Foster Care.’ We want to use the opportunity to acknowledge all that you do – while inspiring you with other stories of struggle and success. The conference will be held in Christchurch  – and we want to get as …

Foster Care Awareness Week – 5 – 11 March

March is always an important month on the Fostering Kids NZ calendar – not only do we have Children’s Day on March 5th – we also have Foster Care Awareness Week from 5 – 11 March. Foster Care Awareness Week provides an opportunity for us to share our stories and celebrate the everyday heroes in the community who provide extraordinary …

More peas please!

For Home for Life dad Russ, getting his 11 year old boy to eat vegetables can be a challenge, but not when he’s serving up this tasty dish!   Ingredients: 6 slices streaky bacon 1 small bunch fresh mint 100g Parmesan cheese sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1 chicken stock cube, optional 400g dried shell pasta olive oil 300g …