Celebrate Children’s Day – Sun 5th March

Children’s Day, Te Rā O Te Tamariki, is the annual opportunity for us to unite and celebrate the precious young people in our lives. The day has been celebrated here for more than ten years – it’s a chance to focus on the meaning of our relationships with our tamariki. You can find out what is happening in your neighbourhood here – …

Are you swimming between the flags?

As responsible caregivers, we always make sure our children swim between the flags, but how many of us are taking unnecessary risks in our own caring practice? We talk to Fostering Kids NZ staff about what caregivers need to do to keep everyone safe. Andeana Pilalis is the Critical Support Manager at Fostering Kids NZ. A big part of her …

North West News – Feb 2017

Message from Teena Kia ora koe, Happy New Year to you all.  It’s been a month into the year already! With school starting, this time is all about school supplies, uniforms and managing a mix of emotions in your household as children go through a range of thoughts and feelings about heading back to school (and maybe adults too!). At …

Upper South News – Feb 2017

Message from Denise Happy New Year everyone We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Facebook about the School and …

Lower South News – Feb 2017

Message from Barbara Happy New Year everyone We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Facebook about the School and …

Canterbury News – Feb 2017

Message from Stephanie Happy New Year everyone. We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Facebook about the School and …

Lower North News – Feb 2017

Message from Stephanie We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Face Book about the School and Year Start Up …

Central North News – Feb 2017

Message from Gonny Kia ora, I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year break and are looking forward to the year to come. The end of year events were lovely and lively occasions to attend.  I managed to be at the Tauranga Association Christmas Party, AGM, Ten Pin Bowling and Pool Parties in Rotorua and Whakatane.  Congratulations …

Auckland South Waikato News – Feb 2017

Message from Dallas. Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have managed to get some downtime over the holidays.  At the end of last year we held our Christmas Party at the office and we had over 60 children and families attend.  Apart from the venue not being big enough, we had a great time.  A huge thanks …

Auckland North News – Feb 2017

Message from Sasha Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and holiday break with Whanau and are excited about what 2017 will bring.  I’m hoping we see some sunny weather for beach trips and BBQ’s this summer.  I look forward to supporting all you wonderful caregivers this year and meeting many of you at the support groups …

Upper North News – Feb 2017

Message from Judi Over the break, I had a lovely time with my family, camping and catching up, and it was fantastic to have some time together. I hope you’re all rested and refreshed and ready for the busy year ahead of us. In the Upper North we have had some lovely weather, although we could do with some decent …

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – a new service for young people in care.

What is VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai? VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is an independent connection and advocacy service being set up in partnership with care experienced children and young people, four philanthropic funders (The Tindall Foundation, Foundation North, Todd Foundation and Vodafone Foundation), Government through the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and NGOs such as Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services and …

Caring for a teen who needs direction?

Consider L’Oreal Face Your Future. We’re looking for participants for this year’s programme on April 20th and 21st. L’Oreal Face Your Future is a two day event designed for young people in care who are looking for inspiration and motivation. Participants are flown to Auckland for two days of workshops exploring career pathways and practical skills to get your foot …

Newshub star raises $2K for Fostering Kids NZ

If you’re a movie lover, then you’re bound to be a fan of Newshub Entertainment Editor Kate Rodger. What you might not know is that she is also a fan of the work of Fostering Kids NZ. So, when Kate and her family were asked to appear on Celebrity Family Feud this month, Kate chose Fostering Kids NZ as the …

Does your child get the Unsupported Child’s or Orphan’s Benefit?

Apply for the School and Year Start-up Payment now! Applications close on 28 February 2017. Payments range from $400 to $550.   This one off payment is to help with the costs that mostly happen at the beginning of the year – expenses like clothing, school fees and stationery. The amount you get is based on the age of the …

Frosting Kids? This label really takes the cake!

We couldn’t help but laugh when this printer cartridge arrived in a stationery order at National Office just before Christmas! As foster parents we are probably all used to getting called some unusual names – but this one really takes the cake!

Protecting the privacy of children in transitional care

These days, smartphone technology is making it very easy to publish photos and videos of our family and friends onto sites like Facebook and Instragram. But, if a child is in your transitional care, you need to think carefully about ways in which their safety may be compromised by your actions. Do NOT post identifiable photos unless: you have consent …

Healthy Banana Ice Cream

You won’t believe how simple it is to make.   Want to give the family a sweet treat, without the sugar? Have we got the recipe for you! This delicious dessert only requires ONE ingredient, frozen bananas! Step 1: Peel, cut into thirds and freeze four bananas – this will serve four people. Step 2: Place the bananas into a …

Upper North Update Dec 16/Jan 17

Kai ora all, Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Family Fun Days recently at the pools in Kawakawa and Whangarei. We had record attendance numbers at both events and everyone seemed to have a great day out. What a busy year we’ve had, starting with our FASD day and then so many training sessions throughout the year. …