East Coast News – July 2017

Kia ora koutou Ko Mauao taku maunga, ko Tuapiro te awa, ko Tauranga Moana taku moana. He Tauiwi ahau, no The Netherlands ahau engari ko Ngaiterangi me Ngati Maniapoto nga iwi o taku tane me tamariki. Ko Gonny Ormsby taku ingoa, he kaiako/kaiawhina ahau. He kaimahi ahau no Fostering Kids New Zealand   Greetings members My name is Gonny Ormsby …

Apprenticeships for the care-experienced

HITO (The Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation) and L’Oréal Launch Hair and Beauty Scholarships Exciting news from the hair and beauty industry – with the launch of ten scholarships for care-experienced young people who want a career in the sector. The scholarships will provide ten young people who have graduated from the “Face Your Future” programme to gain qualifications as barbers, beauty therapists, …

Auckland South Waikato News – July 2017

Kia Ora all Winter is definitely here and I hope not too many of you are getting hit by colds and flus. Over the next month we will be holding a meeting for those interested in knowing more about the new changes around permanency for children in care from a lawyer who has been working with some of the cases. …

“It was a revelation!”

Mercedes Strutt was one of six participants in “Foundations for Attachments” the caregiver training we trialled in Palmerston North in May. Mercedes and her husband David – who are orginally from the UK – have been fostering in Palmerston North for the last three years. She attended “Foundations for Attachment” to help her develop her skills. “The course was fantastic! …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s July message to you

Winter is upon us and we are still awaiting some clarity from the Ministry in regards to the new investment in caregiver support. We were hoping to have some news on this for this month’s Snippets, but we are still not clear how the $26.4 million will be used. Meeting with Oranga Tamaraki It was with great pleasure that we …

Share your inspirational stories

1 June 2017 Working at Fostering Kids NZ – we’re privileged to meet many of our extraordinary caregivers and hear your stories. Talking to you, we never cease to be amazed, inspired and impressed by your commitment to our children in care. Lately – we’ve been thinking we could be doing a better job of sharing your thoughts and experiences …

Don’t miss Arihia Bennett at our conference

We’re excited to announce Arihia Bennett is one of our keynote speakers at this year’s conference in September.  Arihia Bennett MNZM (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Porou) has been the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu since 2012. She is married to Richard and together they have a son Piri. She lives in Tuahiwi in North …

Connection before correction – new training programme a hit!

As caregivers, many of us have heard about the theory of attachment – but how do we put that into practice to better connect with the children in our care? Fostering Kids New Zealand have researched internationally to provide a programme to support caregivers to do just that. Last month Sally Moffatt and Rob Surtees trialled the programme – called …

From the CEO’s desk: Linda’s June message to you

Here at National Office, we’ve spent the last week absorbing the details of the budget announcements targeted at the caregiving community. It is great to see the new investment in caregiver support-$26.4 million over four years. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the money will be spent on: support for around 4,500 caregivers help for those caring for higher needs …

Mokopuna Māori learning opportunity

Here’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge in caring for or working with mokopuna Māori children We are pleased to be able to offer, through our training partnership with Oranga Tamariki, fourteen interactive modules that provide knowledge and skills to increase your bicultural competency.  These are a great learning tool especially if you are caring for a child (mokopuna) who …

Lower North News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone It has been a great few weeks so far, travelling around and getting to meet people in different corners of the Lower North region (and beyond!).  I am hoping to get to meet all of the regions associations sooner rather than later, provide support where I can and see where the rest of 2017 takes us all. …

Auckland South Waikato News – June 2017

Kia Ora all It has been a busy month and I am privileged to be able to be in the position to support caregivers.   Some of the main issues for the month have been around permanency and trying to navigate the changes through the Special Guardianship process. We will continue to keep you updated on how this is going.   …

Lower South News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone, The Lower South had a very successful symposium on Calming Chaos earlier this month. I would like to say a huge thanks to all who supported and helped out on the day. To Judy Larkin, Nicola Atwool, Kay McKenzie and Andrea Greer-special thanks for giving so generously of your time and knowledge. The caregivers who attended were …

East Coast News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone By now some of you may have heard that Cath Jeffares has moved on to support her husband’s new role.  I know she was sad to leave her role, but with her husband’s travel and two boys still at home, Cath felt she wanted to be there for him and her family.  We wish Cath all the …

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 …