National Conference 2019

Good news we have fixed the date for next year’s National Conference.  Block out Wednesday 16 October and Thursday 17 October 2019 in your diaries now.  We will have an exciting range of national and international speakers running keynotes and workshop sessions giving you the latest learnings and tools to create your very own therapeutic home and heal the children …

LIFT model coming to West Coast, Christchurch, Rotorua and Wairarapa

We are excited that Caring Families Aotearoa (a division of Fostering Kids NZ) will deliver level one of the Levels of Integrated Family Therapy (LIFT) model in Greymouth, Christchur, Rotorua and Wairarapa in early 2019.  Caring Families Aotearoa have been successfully delivering this model to caregivers around New Zealand in 2018.  The model includes the Foundations for Attachment programme, developed …

Christmas Hours

Our offices, national and regional, will be closed from 4.00pm on Friday 21 December, 2018 and will open at 9.00am on Monday 14 January, 2019. If you have a crisis during this time please call your Agency.  If you do not have an Agency or you feel the matter is critical, call 0800 693 278 – our Critical Support Service …

Changes to the Extraordinary Care Fund Criteria

For those members who receive an Unsupported Child Benefit (UCB) or Orphans Benefit you may apply to the Extraordinary Care Fund for certain activities/items to assist in the care of your child/young person.  The process for this has not been easy for busy caregivers to manage and the Ministry of Social Development have been working on some exciting improvements. When …

Studylink Progress

School is nearly out for the year and if you have a Year 12 or 13 in your care there is no doubt lots of discussions about the future and in particular, next year.  If they are thinking of tertiary study and applying for StudyLink please contact your Regional Coordinator or National Office first. StudyLink should be applied for as …

CEO Report

As we complete the first year of our Strategic Plan 2017-2020, I am very pleased with our achievements to date.  Our plan included seven Strategic Objectives over the three year period and when I consider each of them, I believe we have made significant progress toward achieving most of these goals. In consultation with our members we have completely reviewed …

Annual General Meeting

Thank you to those who attended our AGM in Lower Hutt, had afternoon tea with their Regional Coordinator and sent in a Proxy vote. Your continued involvement and interest in Fostering Kids NZ is greatly appreciated. It is with sadness that we said farewell to two Board members, Peter Edmonds and Janice Purchase.  Peter was the Board’s Cultural Advisor and …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards

Here at Fostering Kids NZ we love to celebrate the incredible work that caregivers do for the children in their care. Each year, alongside Oranga Tamariki, we hold our annual Excellence in Foster Care Awards. The awards are a chance to honour those who always go above and beyond for the children and young people in their care. Often caregivers …

Family Fun Days – Tickets Still Available

We have 3,000 tickets for children and their families at 32 Family Fun Day events held from November to December throughout New Zealand. In 2018 there are going to be pool parties, ten pin bowling and movies.  The first events will be held this weekend in the South Island and the last event is on the 16 December in South …

Lower South News – November 2018

Kia Ora Everyone Summer is on the way with some great temperatures being had by us all- the beach and BBQ are beckoning, and with it Christmas is coming… just 6 weeks and our children will be on their summer holidays and preparing for Christmas. If you are wanting a Christmas gathering for fostering families in your area do let …

Canterbury News – November 2018

Kia ora, It was a privilege to be asked to write this month’s snippets for you all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine at this hard time.  For those that haven’t heard of me, I’m Iona, the Lower North Regional Coordinator and the Team Leader for our Regional Coordinator team.  I’m excited to be coming to Christchurch later this …

Upper South News – November 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warrm greetings to you all) As the temperature starts to warm up and Labour weekend is behind us, it’s a reminder that the busy season is upon us. We start it off with the Family Fun Days on the West Coast with the movie days in Westport and Greymouth, followed by the pool …

Lower North News – November 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Greetings to everyone) This time of the year certainly seems to speed up and get busy! The countdown to the summer break and Christmas is now on. For me, I am finding it very different getting warmer as we reach the months of November and December. I am so used to having to get out my wooly …

Central North News – November 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! It’s a beautiful spring day as I write this which gets me thinking of Christmas and the next school holidays already! There is such a lot happening in this final term.  Here are some of them: Excellence in Fostercare Awards (EFCA) Nominations for these awards close on Monday 19 November. Please go to fosteringkids.org.nz to nominate …

East Coast News – November 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! By the time this reaches you the Gisborne and Hastings Regional Hui will have been and gone.  I will be able to give you a summary of how they went in the December Snippets and to thank those who put in so many hours of help to get them happening. Spring is truly here, the weather …

North West News – November 2018

Kia ora Koutou As the end of the year rapidly draws near, everybody I speak to is busy. I find I’m having to be mindful of my own well-being and ensure I take moments to switch off from the demands that capture my attention and time. For some of us this is easier than others. The people I notice who …

Auckland South/Waikato News – November 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Even though it’s still spring, we’ve enjoyed some lovely hints of the summer to come.  This term is shaping up to again be filled with lots of events, trainings and preparation for Christmas. I’m pleased to let you all know that on 12 November your new Auckland South …

Auckland News – November 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) This term has certainly filled the diary, as I know it has with all of you.  I thought I would let you know that we are looking to move offices for Fostering Kids NZ here in Auckland North.  In the meantime, I am still working out of Albany …

Upper North News – November 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Geetings to everyone) September and October have been interesting months looking for office spaces in Whangārei central. It’s exciting as this will be a space for you all to pop in.  I’ll keep you posted. I’ve held two successful discussion sessions (2 hours) which are new for me.  Whangārei had the Keeping Memories (Life story books and …