Lower South News – August 2017

Kia ora everyone Love is a constant process of tuning in, connecting, missing and misreading cues, disconnecting, repairing and finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again minute to minute and day to day. Dr Sue Johnson Our kids need to know that our love is unconditional, that there is always a …

Canterbury News – August 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa I hope everyone is managing to stay warm and the younger ones enjoyed any snow that fell in your area.…  Kia kaha Aotearoa it will soon be spring! Foster Hope inform me that they have again been running a very successful pyjama drive.  If you require pyjamas for the children in your care, please contact Ngarie Worsley …

Upper South News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou As I write this, the first of the winter snow is falling south of here and roads are closed. We are definitely in the winter months now. Take care and plan alternative arrangements if the weather keeps causing barriers to your travel.  I hope the school holidays passed without too much disruptions. Some of my days were …

Lower North News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou Time to fight the winter blues by thinking ahead to the new term. I’m hoping to get to see people when I’m out and about delivering training. We’re running evening sessions in Lower Hutt to encourage those who can’t make it during the day or who work to attend. There are also day workshops in Palmerston, Porirua …

North West News – August 2017

Kia ora Koutou In this month’s Snippets I want to promote the value of ‘Life Story Books’ and encourage you to attend Kylie McDonagh-Parker’s (Taranaki’s Caregiver Association Key Contact) workshop on 26 August in New Plymouth. Do you collect and keep a record of school, personal and family keepsakes, dates and significant happenings in the life of your child in …

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

Caregiver Support Over the last few months, I have become aware through our Allegation and Critical Support services that an increasing number of caregivers are providing care under very trying and stressful circumstances. As an advocacy service, we believe that the caregiver’s well-being and knowledge is paramount to providing a safe, secure, stable and loving home for the children placed …

Studylink Allowances

We have become aware that if you are providing transitional care to a young person leaving care and as caregivers decide you would like to continue to emotionally support them, you, as transitional caregivers can be subject to ‘income testing’, if the young person is applying to Studylink and in particular the Independent Circumstances Allowance. Under the current policy it …

Foundations for Attachment training in the far North

Last month Rob Surtees and Sally Moffatt were privileged to deliver the Foundation for Attachment programme to Ngapuhi Social Services caregivers and social workers in Kaikohe. This opportunity not only provided Ngapuhi caregivers with new knowledge and understanding, but also allowed for their cultural input into the content and usability for Maori caregivers and children. The programme was delivered over three …

Auckland North News – August 2017

Kia ora By now the children and young people will back at school and term three will be under way.  I hope that you all managed to have some lovely ‘together’ time over the holidays.  I have just arrived back from a refreshing and fun holiday.  Sometimes as caregivers we just have to treat ourselves. I am organising an Auckland …

Auckland North News – July 2017

Tēnā koutou I hope everyone is keeping warm and finding fun things to do in this cold and wet season. I love winter for its fireplaces, heaters, soups and fleecy pyjamas.  Foster Hope has again been running amazing pyjama drives, so get in touch with myself if you require some for the children in your care, as I will be …

Meet Christine Williams – our training coordinator

If you’ve booked in for training with Fostering Kids NZ, you may have already had the pleasure of dealing with our training coordinator Christine Williams. Christine is responsible for organising the schedule, monitoring registrations, responding to enquiries, and keeping in touch with caregivers, social workers and other interested parties. We sat down with Christine to learn a little more about …

Upper North News – July 2017

”Love is a constant process of Tuning in, Connecting,  Missing and Misreading cues, Disconnecting, Repairing and Finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again. Minute to minute and day to day.”   Dr Sue Johnson. Winter is upon us and I hope you and yours are well and warm. I understand that it …

Canterbury News – July 2017

Tēnā koutou Wow, I have had a busy seven weeks!  I have managed to meet quite a few of our members on my travels in Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Waimate.  It’s been great meeting you, hearing your stories, supporting and encouraging you in my role.  It’s been great seeing how you are encouraging each other on this care journey. I …

North West News – July 2017

Kia ora Katoa My planning for term three is well under way and there are some interesting things on offer for North West regional caregivers. Recently a few of the workshops were adapted to an ‘on-line’ format, which allows caregivers (once they have registered) to be sent a link well before the training date. This allows the readings and written …

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 …