Central North News – July 2017

Kia ora koutou Kia kaha to the grandparents who met with Scott Simpson recently.  I look forward to hearing how it went.  I enjoyed meeting up with fellow grandmothers at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, (GRG) meeting on 9 June and hearing your stories – the challenges and the triumphs. GRG Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month 10 …

Lower South News – July 2017

Kia ora everyone I cannot believe it is already July.  I hope you are keeping warm and dry, and if you are a farmer, planning a good break to recharge the batteries, spend some down time together, before the calves and lambs arrive to start the rural cycle again. There was a post on our support Facebook page about anxieties, …

Help your child get up to $4000 towards reaching their goals

William Wallace Awards Many young people in care have overcome significant barriers and gone on to achieve great things. The William Wallace Awards honour these outstanding young people, and provide help for them to pursue their dreams of tertiary, vocational or leadership training. You can download a nomination form here. Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the awards have grown …

24 children in care receive bikes as part of school leadership programme

Squeals of delight rang through the grounds of Diocesan School For Girls in Auckland last month – as 24 children in care were gifted bikes by students taking part in a leadership programme. The annual event is a highlight of the calendar for staff at the school and staff at Fostering Kids NZ – because of the ways it enriches the …

Upper South News – July 2017

Kia ora Upper South I want to take this opportunity to encourage any caregivers that would like to attend this year’s National Conference in Christchurch to have a look at the website for details. This is a great opportunity for the South Island, as we don’t have it down here very often and the quality of the Key Note speakers …

Lower North News – July 2017

Kia ora I’d like to encourage you to connect with your local Associations, to meet up and support each other over this winter period. I know that groups around this region will be planning events and meetings and hope you will get in touch! Fostering Kids NZ Conference will be upon us before we know it. It’s my first, so …

East Coast News – July 2017

Kia ora koutou Ko Mauao taku maunga, ko Tuapiro te awa, ko Tauranga Moana taku moana. He Tauiwi ahau, no The Netherlands ahau engari ko Ngaiterangi me Ngati Maniapoto nga iwi o taku tane me tamariki. Ko Gonny Ormsby taku ingoa, he kaiako/kaiawhina ahau. He kaimahi ahau no Fostering Kids New Zealand   Greetings members My name is Gonny Ormsby …

Apprenticeships for the care-experienced

HITO (The Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation) and L’Oréal Launch Hair and Beauty Scholarships Exciting news from the hair and beauty industry – with the launch of ten scholarships for care-experienced young people who want a career in the sector. The scholarships will provide ten young people who have graduated from the “Face Your Future” programme to gain qualifications as barbers, beauty therapists, …

Auckland South Waikato News – July 2017

Kia Ora all Winter is definitely here and I hope not too many of you are getting hit by colds and flus. Over the next month we will be holding a meeting for those interested in knowing more about the new changes around permanency for children in care from a lawyer who has been working with some of the cases. …

“It was a revelation!”

Mercedes Strutt was one of six participants in “Foundations for Attachments” the caregiver training we trialled in Palmerston North in May. Mercedes and her husband David – who are orginally from the UK – have been fostering in Palmerston North for the last three years. She attended “Foundations for Attachment” to help her develop her skills. “The course was fantastic! …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s July message to you

Winter is upon us and we are still awaiting some clarity from the Ministry in regards to the new investment in caregiver support. We were hoping to have some news on this for this month’s Snippets, but we are still not clear how the $26.4 million will be used. Meeting with Oranga Tamaraki It was with great pleasure that we …

Share your inspirational stories

1 June 2017 Working at Fostering Kids NZ – we’re privileged to meet many of our extraordinary caregivers and hear your stories. Talking to you, we never cease to be amazed, inspired and impressed by your commitment to our children in care. Lately – we’ve been thinking we could be doing a better job of sharing your thoughts and experiences …

Don’t miss Arihia Bennett at our conference

We’re excited to announce Arihia Bennett is one of our keynote speakers at this year’s conference in September.  Arihia Bennett MNZM (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Porou) has been the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu since 2012. She is married to Richard and together they have a son Piri. She lives in Tuahiwi in North …

Connection before correction – new training programme a hit!

As caregivers, many of us have heard about the theory of attachment – but how do we put that into practice to better connect with the children in our care? Fostering Kids New Zealand have researched internationally to provide a programme to support caregivers to do just that. Last month Sally Moffatt and Rob Surtees trialled the programme – called …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s June message to you

Here at National Office, we’ve spent the last week absorbing the details of the budget announcements targeted at the caregiving community. It is great to see the new investment in caregiver support-$26.4 million over four years. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the money will be spent on: support for around 4,500 caregivers help for those caring for higher needs …

Mokopuna Māori learning opportunity

Here’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge in caring for or working with mokopuna Māori children We are pleased to be able to offer, through our training partnership with Oranga Tamariki, fourteen interactive modules that provide knowledge and skills to increase your bicultural competency.  These are a great learning tool especially if you are caring for a child (mokopuna) who …

Lower North News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone It has been a great few weeks so far, travelling around and getting to meet people in different corners of the Lower North region (and beyond!).  I am hoping to get to meet all of the regions associations sooner rather than later, provide support where I can and see where the rest of 2017 takes us all. …

Auckland South Waikato News – June 2017

Kia Ora all It has been a busy month and I am privileged to be able to be in the position to support caregivers.   Some of the main issues for the month have been around permanency and trying to navigate the changes through the Special Guardianship process. We will continue to keep you updated on how this is going.   …

Lower South News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone, The Lower South had a very successful symposium on Calming Chaos earlier this month. I would like to say a huge thanks to all who supported and helped out on the day. To Judy Larkin, Nicola Atwool, Kay McKenzie and Andrea Greer-special thanks for giving so generously of your time and knowledge. The caregivers who attended were …

East Coast News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone By now some of you may have heard that Cath Jeffares has moved on to support her husband’s new role.  I know she was sad to leave her role, but with her husband’s travel and two boys still at home, Cath felt she wanted to be there for him and her family.  We wish Cath all the …