Ways to Support a child’s emotions at Christmas Time

When you talk about Christmas to the child in your care, do you see glee and excitement in their face? Are they happy, laughing or smiling? Do they tell you about the fond memories they have of Christmas’s they have had in the past? Or, does the child in your care look sad, frightened or confused? Do they suddenly get …

WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY

Windows of Opportunity aims to provide information on when a child is most ready to acquire certain skills. It is vitally important for caregivers to understand that their response to the learning needs of a child aged between 0 to 48 months will hugely impact on a child’s emotional, social and intellectual development. Should a child’s learning be neglected the …

CUSTODY AND GUARDIANSHIP (DISCUSSION SESSION)

The discussion session defines the rights and responsibilities of both guardianship and custody when mokopuna move into care. It also explores the different sorts of guardianship. It is important that caregivers know the appropriate legal status and knowledge for dealing with the needs of the mokopuna who are now a part of the whānau. By the end of this session …

SECURING PERMANENCY

The amendments to the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act, July 2016, aim to simplify the securing of guardianship rights when caregivers decide they want to provide a permanent living arrangement for a mokopuna in their care. These new legal changes allow caregivers to choose which legal orders best suits their own and the mokopuna’s needs in becoming a …

BOARD PAYMENTS OVER THE 2017/18 CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Over the holiday season there will be some changes to the regular scheduled board payments. Oranga Tamariki has already sent this information to you directly.  But in case you missed it – The arrangements for board payments over the 2017/2018 Christmas and New Year period are as follows: The board run 4 December for the period 22/11/2017 to 6/12/2017 will include …

Upper South News – December 2017/January 2018

Mere Kirihimete from the Upper South As we quickly approach the holiday season I am reminded as to why I should have had things planned earlier in the year! The weather all over the region has been stunning and hot already, the kids are getting tired, the BBQ needs cleaning, we can find the picnic table but not the legs …

Auckland South Waikato News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia Ora All This month has been another great and busy month supporting caregivers, training and our Family Fun Days at the pools.  The Christmas season can be a stressful time for all, but we need also to be mindful of our children, particularly those in our care.  This may be a time, where they long to be with their …

Lower South News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora everyone It has been a busy end to 2017 with Family Fun days in Dunedin, Queenstown & Invercargill, tickets to the circus in Invercargill, bikes given to some very happy children in Queenstown and Dunedin and now there are Christmas parties and school breakups coming up. I really hope you and your children/young people have been able to …

Canterbury News – December 2017/January 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa I would like to send a very heartfelt appreciation to all of our region’s associations, network & support groups and members for their support over the past six months. I have felt very welcome and extremely valued.  I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year. I hope everyone enjoyed …

Lower North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou Merry Christmas everyone As the year begins to wrap up we’ve been blessed with such wonderful weather – good to see Summer is here and it seems like its early this year with temperatures well above normal.  Its been a huge year on many fronts.  Child, Youth and Family have begun their programme of change with the …

North West News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora Koutou Taking all these stories into consideration shaped my approach to the content of the Northwest Regional Hui held on 14 November 2017.  I felt it was important that caregivers had the opportunity to hear about changes impacting the care sector and Oranga Tamariki caregivers, first hand.  I was thrilled when Site Manager, Frances Farmer, took a personal interest …

East Coast News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whānau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle.  Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  I …

Central North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whanau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well, but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle. Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  …

Auckland North News – December 2017/January 2018

Wishing you all a very Festive Season and I hope the school holidays are filled with fun, laughter and love.  This is our last “Snippets” for the year and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of you at trainings, support groups and events throughout the year. Thank you to YMCA for the opportunity for three of our carer families to …

Upper North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou ki te Tai Tokerau Whanau o nga matua whaangai I’ve enjoyed my first two months in the Regional Coordinator role. I caught up with the Whangarei Association members on 30 November and I’m looking forward to meeting more of you as the months roll by. I’ve attended two workshops in a support role, and appreciated the learning and relationship …

Will Santa Find Me?

Now that the countdown to Christmas Day has started, what is on your mind?  Are you planning your Christmas day menu?  Thinking about the colour theme for your tree?  Wondering about what the perfect gift would be for those closest to you?  For most, even though Christmas is a hectic time, on the day it is beautiful and filled with …

The Importance of Play – Training workshop

Play is one of the most important learning tasks that children engage in during the early years. That is why Fostering Kids NZ has created a new workshop for caregivers called “The Importance of Play”.  The workshop will discuss how early learning is the core of social relationships, creativity and innovation. It will look at different play experiences and how these …

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

Tēnā koutou katoa As I am sure you are aware, we now have a new government consisting of Labour, NZ First and the Greens.  We are very hopeful that our children in care will be at the forefront of policy and decisions so that they have positive and productive futures. Tracey Martin is now the Minister for Children and I …

Upper South News – November 2017

Kia Ora Koutou, Here we are in Term 4 already! I have returned from both national conference and a week of training in Wellington full of admiration for the wonderful commitment and work that you do as caregivers in our region. We had a record number of Upper South participants at national conference and I know that they were encouraged …