Transition to School

For most children starting the school year will be an exciting time as they look forward to the new learning and meeting or making new friends.  Some children and young people however, can struggle with change and transitions. This week, you will be getting your children ready for school or you child will already be in their first days of …

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.  Established in 2008, it focuses on positive and inspiring stories from people who have pushed through adversity and have succeeded in their lives, businesses or careers. The two-day workshop explores …

The Emotional Significance of Food

Children and young people that come into care may be highly resistant to being nurtured. This could come in many forms including nourishment (food). Some children may not have had regular meals or food may have been scarce, so that when they come to live with you they may hoard food, over eat, be fussy eaters or only eat food …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s Message to You

Happy New Year to all of our members. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends. Fostering Kids NZ staff are now back to work and we are looking forward to an interesting 2018. As you may be aware, the new Government promised an inquiry in its 100-day plan for an independent inquiry into child abuse …

Lower South News – February 2018

“This is a great image to remember. Why? Because rupture and repair are at the heart of healthy relationships. Mistakes happen. Struggles happen. The key is our capacity to recognize our rupture, acknowledge it, share our concern about how this feels to those we love, and find a way to return to caring connection. What’s so surprising for many to learn is that …

Canterbury News – February 2018

Tau Hou Hari ki a koutou katoa! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with an excess of whanau and friends.  What a wonderful summer we have had so far.  I hope you have all managed to get out and about and enjoy the end of 2017 and are looking forward to what 2018 will bring. I am looking …

Upper South News – February 2018

Kia Ora and welcome to 2018. I hope you managed a lovely break and enjoyed spending time with the whanau in this glorious weather, although as I write this, it is raining outside with what I am sure is well needed moisture in our region. I am looking forward to the new year and what it brings in the way …

Lower North News – February 2018

  This is a great image to remember. Why? Because rupture and repair are at the heart of healthy relationships. Mistakes happen. Struggles happen. The key is our capacity is to recognize our rupture, acknowledge it, share our concern about how this feels to those we love, and find a way to return to caring connection. What’s so surprising for …

North West News – February 2018

Kia ora Koutou Happy New Year to you all! I enjoyed a great holiday break, the amazing summer weather contributed hugely to my enjoyment of it and I hope it has helped you with your efforts to keep children occupied. I’ve come back to work this year feeling more passionate about the well-being of children in care in our community …

East Coast News – February 2018

Hari Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa/Happy New Year everyone! Trust you all enjoyed the typical Kiwi Christmas – whanau, friends, lots of children running around, noise, heaps of kai, sand, towels – exhausting but good fun all round.  I sure did have fun with all the mokopuna.  Our whangai son came with his partner and four children as well. …

Central North News – February 2018

Hari Tau Hau ki a koutou katoa/Happy New Year everyone! What wonderful weather we had for the Christmas/New Year period! At my Whare there were children, whanau, friends, dogs, food and drink, togs, towels, sand everywhere – a typical kiwi holiday all round, I guess. Hope yours went well too.  Our whangai boy stayed with his partner and four children.  …

Auckland South Waikato News – February 2018

Happy New Year to you all….. Although I have been away for a month, I have had caregivers on my mind. I want to acknowledge you all especially over the holiday period, where routines sometimes are not priority and there are often some behaviours that escalate over this time. I am also grateful that we have amazing caregivers who can …

Auckland North News – February 2018

Tena koe and Happy New Year I hope your holiday season was filled with love, laughter and whanau.  I had a lovely break with my kids and I also managed a road trip. It was great to see such a big turnout at the Kiwi Valley event hosted by Foster Hope Auckland for children in care.  Their support for carers …

Upper North News – February 2018

Happy New Year Everyone The Carer Families workshop is happening on 13 February, 9.30am – 2.30pm in Kaitaia. Would love to see you there. This is an interesting and reflective workshop that looks at the personal attributes and skills you have as a caregiver and the impact on the rest of the family. We will explore the sometimes complex effects …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s Message to You

“Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia ki ngā iwi me ngā hapū katoa  “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” to all the tribes and hapū. With the Christmas season already here, the end of the year around the corner, and a new year upon us, it gives us the perfect time to reflect on those things that are truly …

STUDYLINK SUPPORT

If you are a transitional caregiver, and have a young person in care that you are supporting?  Are they thinking of tertiary study next year?   Are they applying for StudyLink?  If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, please give us a call on 0800 693 323 and ask for Stephanie for advice on completing the application form. Our office will …

NATIONAL OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURE

As the year comes to an end with school finishing and plans under way for Christmas, and then the long holiday break, we at Fostering Kids New Zealand wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. For those heading away, safe travels and an extra dose of creativity for those that have six weeks of school holidays to …

Outstanding Achievements

Twenty rangatahi were awarded for their outstanding achievements at the William Wallace Awards on 6 December 2017.  One in particular is special to us and is part of the Fostering Kids NZ family, Courtney McElligott. Courtney received a Leadership Award. “The award means a lot to me.  It means that I can go on the Spirit of Adventure.  The Spirit of Adventure will …

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

Play is not just a time filler between learning opportunities – it is learning. This workshop looks at children’s ‘play’. It explores the importance of play, why children play and the learning behind the play experience. It is a workshop for everyone, as play does or should not stop as we grow. You will have an opportunity to understand different …