Upper South News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone As we creep closer to our coldest, wettest months, a friendly reminder to check smoke alarms, gutters for leaves and to clean the filters on your heat pumps for maximum efficiency. Living in our region this winter also means to familiarise yourselves with the current highway changes. The new speed limits on the open roads have changed …

Auckland North News – June 2017

Tēnā koutou I hope for all those mothers out there that you had a lovely Mother’s Day last month and enjoyed celebrating being a foster mum and all the amazing work you do.  Remember if you need support of any kind please contact me. It is definitely sneaking into the colder months now and a real chill is here, so …

North West News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou How’s your month been? Full of ups and downs? Maybe it’s been really challenging? We know as adults that challenges are an ongoing part of our lives.  Sometimes no matter how much effort we put into something or how true our intentions are, sometimes things just don’t work out the way we hope, or seem fair, or, …

Canterbury News – June 2017

Kia ora For those of you who have not already heard, I am the new Regional Coordinator for the Canterbury region.  Ko wai to ingoa (my name is) Lorraine Murray.  I have a background working in mental health, addictions, criminal justice and with vulnerable women. My husband and I have been respite/relief caregivers for the last three years. Ngā  mihi …

Upper North News – June 2017

Hi everyone, I hope you are keeping warm and cosy and enjoying the time reading or watching DVDs in our cooler three months.  I am compiling a list of DVD’s and books that are interesting and relevant to foster carers and children/young people in care. If you know of some titles please email me and I will put them on …

Central North News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou Seasons are definitely changing as winter is well on its way and as we head to the middle of the year and feel the chillier months.  Things are changing for me too.  I’m going to have the privilege of working full time for Fostering Kids New Zealand very soon as I will be extending the regional areas …

Parental controls and monitoring internet usage

As part of a our partnership with Netsafe, Fostering Kids NZ is proud to present the second part in a series for caregivers who want to learn more about keeping children and young people safe online. This month, we discuss parental controls and other ways to monitor your children’s activity online. Watch Netsafe expert Sean Lyons discuss the issue here – …

Garden to Table inspiration for our kids

Linda Taylor is a Home for Life mum to a 13 year old girl – the youngest of three teenagers in her household. Linda is also the CEO of Garden to Table – a charity which aims to change the way children think about food. The Garden to Table programme – which runs in schools around the country – teaches students …

Meet Jennifer Hanson – you might have already talked to her on the phone!

Chances are, if you call National Office, Jennifer Hanson is the first person you will speak to. Jennifer handles membership enquiries, monitors our Facebook pages, and provides administrative assistance to the critical support team, events, the associations and the key contacts. Jennifer is mum to three boys (9 months,  9, 10) and a girl (5) – as she says, it …

Lower South News – May 2017

Kia Ora All I sincerely hope you and yours all made it safely through the recent cyclones. It is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a hurry what would that look like and what would you take? Here is a link to use as a prompt: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit. …

East Coast – May 2017

Kia ora everyone I sincerely hope you and yours all made it safely through the recent cyclones. It is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a hurry what would that look like and what would you take? The recent cyclones that have blasted various parts of …

Lower North News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone This month, we’re pleased to introduce our new Lower North Regional Co-ordinator/Team Leader John Collett. A recent arrival from the UK, John has spent his career in social services helping vulnerable people. A qualified social worker and an experienced trainer – John has worked with young people moving out of the care system for much of the …

Auckland North News – May 2017

Tēnā koutou Hope you all had a lovely Easter and didn’t consume too much chocolate (but if you did, good on you, you deserve it). In April we started our new North Shore support groups and we hope these will take off over the coming months. We are celebrating Mother’s Day (14th May) and this especially includes you as a …

Upper North News – May 2017

Hi everyone I hope you had a fabulous Easter break and are not too exhausted now that the children are heading back to school for Term Two. To My Foster Parents with Love I came into your lives a lost and lonely child, Full of anger and resentment, Overwhelmed with fear and confusion. Yet you took me into your home, …

Central North News – May 2017

Kia ora koutou Greetings seem to begin with the weather lately!  I hope the cyclone didn’t affect anyone too badly – only one tree down at my place.  However, on the bright side, The Central North is looking very lush and green. Nga Mihi Gonny Ormsby Central North Regional Coordinator Cell: 027 501 0393 Email: centralnorth@nullfosteringkids.org.nz Association News Bay of Plenty …

Auckland South Waikato News – May 2017

Kia Ora all This year is going way to fast and we have a lot coming up. Our conference this year will be held in Christchurch on 28–29th September 2017. It will again be an amazing event.  Start planning now, while flights are cheap. Go to our website for more information;  http://fosteringkids.org.nz/events-2/national-conference/. We want to welcome the new service; Oranga …

Canterbury News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone This month we’re very pleased to introduce our new Regional Coordinator for Canterbury Lorraine Murray. Lorraine has a background working in mental health, addictions, criminal justice and with vulnerable women. Lorraine and her husband have been respite caregivers for the last three years. Lorraine is learning Te reo Māori to help connect with the children she provides respite …

North West News – May 2017

Kia ora koutou katoa It’s amazing how many times I’ve used the phrase ‘time poor’ this term. Busyness seems to be epidemic! In other words, we have heaps of stuff to do and we don’t have enough time to do it! Sometimes we just don’t know how to say no and sometimes we don’t have the mindfulness or space to …

Upper South News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone Now that the school holidays are over and we’re all settling back into the school routines, I hope you manage to take a breather! The recent cyclones that have blasted various parts of the country is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a …

Does your insurance cover you as a caregiver?

If you haven’t told your insurer that you are a caregiver, it may impact on future claims. As we all know, when we invite a vulnerable child into our home – there are multiple challenges and rewards. There is also a lot to organise at the start! During the settling in period, it can be easy to overlook things like …