From the CEO’S desk – Linda’s monthly message

It’s now a month since all the changes in our sector were announced. Talking to our members out in the community, I’ve been reminded how confusing these changes can be for people who don’t deal with Government on a daily basis. The new organisations Just to clarify – the new Government organisation which has taken over from Child, Youth and …

2017 Conference: International speakers announced

Fostering Kids NZ is proud to announce two of the keynote speakers for our 2017 conference: “Celebrating Foster Care,” to be held on September 28 and 29 in Christchurch. We’re excited to have secured the speaking talents of two Psychologists from the United States. Both have extensive experience in the process of healing children who have experienced trauma as a …

How much time should your children spend online?

As part of a new partnership with Netsafe, Fostering Kids NZ is proud to present the first in a series for caregivers who want to learn more about keeping children and young people safe online. This month, we ask the question: how much time should your children spend online? (spoiler alert – there is no magic number, but there are …

Andeana’s powerful birthday message

This year, Fostering Kids NZ Critical Support Manager Andeana Pilalis celebrated her birthday during L’Oréal “Face Your Future” – the inspirational programme for care-experienced young people held in partnership between L’Oréal NZ and Fostering Kids NZ. We marked Andeana’s special day with flowers and a cake. Of course there was also the obligitory ‘Happy Birthday’ song – led by the one and only …

Highlights from “Face Your Future” 2017

In late April, care-experienced young-people from around the country got a unique opportunity to think about who and what they want to be, as participants in the annual “L’Oréal Face Your Future” programme– a partnership with L’Oréal New Zealand and Fostering Kids NZ. “Face Your Future” is a two day inspirational event designed to get young people thinking about life after …

Are you eligible for Paid Parental Leave?

Taking on the permanent care of a child under six? Find out about how you could get paid while on parental leave for up to 18 weeks: If you take on the permanent primary care of a child under six, and take leave from employment to do it, you are eligible for Paid Parental Leave (PPL). This entitlement used to …

Meet some of the people behind VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

In the latest episode of our online radio show – ‘The Carecast’ – we meet some of the people behind VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – a new connection and advocacy service for care experienced children and young people. Our communications advisor Alistair Wilkinson compiled the report. Here’s what he found: Saturday the First of April 2017 saw the launch of …

Voices of the care experienced.

As part of the launch of VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – some of the care experienced young people involved have been sharing their stories. Here is what Renne said about her childhood – and what she’s doing now. Tupua will be a familiar face to those of you who were at conference in 2016 – where he got a standing …

How we’re advocating on your behalf

Our team at National Office is committed to providing a strong voice for you within Government. What follows is a list of the key ways we are working with officials in the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, to ensure your needs are met.    

Upper North News – April 2017

Hi everyone, Whew! March has been a busy month but great. We had a great Children’s Day event here in Whangarei to kick off Foster Care Awareness Week. As April begins, it will be interesting to see what changes happen with the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki mahi this month. If you have questions, please contact myself or …

Canterbury News – April 2017

It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Pauline and Bob Cox of Canterbury who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  Unfortunately, Bob was not able to come to Wellington and receive his award.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. A …

Lower South News – April 2017

Congratulations to Sally & Reece McChlery and Ann & Ron Giles who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award earlier last month.  Thank you to both couples for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. It was great to hear about the events around the region celebrating ‘Children’s Day’ earlier this month.  …

Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

MEDIA RELEASE 31 March 2017 Fostering Kids NZ welcomes launch of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki  CEO Linda Surtees pledges to continue working with the new organisation to ensure caregivers have the tools they need to support our most vulnerable children. The Chief Executive Officer of Fostering Kids NZ, Linda Surtees, welcomes the launch of the Ministry for Vulnerable …

Upper South News – April 2017

Kia Ora and welcome to the April Snippets. I would especially like to welcome new members that have joined us over the last few months. I have met some of you already and am very encouraged that a number of you have started your journey by attending workshops or events that the Association has offered this term. By the time …

Lower North News – April 2017

Kia ora everyone It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Tip and Bill Houia of Palmerston North who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award. Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. Many thanks to Allen & Liz Birch and David and …

Central North News – April 2017

Kia ora koutou What a weather bomb we were hit with early in March!  However, while it was causing havoc up here, Wellington turned on a perfect day to end the Foster Care Awareness Week with the Excellence in Foster Care Awards on Friday 10th.  It was a privilege and an honour to be present at Government House to proudly …

East Coast – April 2017

Tēnā koutou It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Tip and Bill Houia who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  This couple used to run a Family Home in the Hawkes Bay and are now running the Palmerston North one.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many …

A beginner’s guide to the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

April 1 2017 marked a turning point for everyone in New Zealand’s caregiving community. Child, Youth and Family was replaced by the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. The changes have been hotly debated – both in Parliament and the community. But everyone agrees, we need to do something to help improve the lives of our most vulnerable children. …

North West News – April 2017

Kia ora koutou katoa, Foster Care Awareness Week celebrations were brilliant! The Brooklands Zoo event was a lovely afternoon, well attended by Taranaki caregivers including some who travelled up from South Taranaki. The weather was kind and the abundance of food included some pretty fantastic home baking from the CYF caregiver social work team! The children were delighted to see …

Auckland South Waikato News – April 2017

Kia Ora all, We have had a busy few weeks leading up to Foster Care Awareness Week.  We had an amazing event at Dingwall on the 5th March, over 200 people attended and it was a successful day.   I would like to acknowledge the following organisations and individuals for their donations, support and input into our day: Dingwall Trust, Auckland …