Congratulations to Yasser El Shall

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipient. Yasser El Shall, his wife and their children made the decision to start fostering five years ago. “First and foremost, you have to have the support of your family,” he says. Yasser says he got into fostering almost by chance, when a neighbour asked him if he’d be interested. But soon it became …

Congratulations to Dennis and Lauren Rei

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients.   Dennis and Lauren Rei have been family home caregivers in New Plymouth since 2014. Tireless advocates for the children and young people in their care – Dennis and Lauren always go the extra mile, sometimes quite literally, driving hundreds of kilometres to help the children and young people who are transitioning. Dennis …

Auckland North News – March 2017

Message from Sasha Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Foster Care Excellence Awards in Wellington on the 10th March.  Many events around the country will be held during this week 5th – 11th March to help raise awareness of the great and important role …

Lower South News – March 2017

Message from Barbara Kia Ora every one I cannot think of a better way to help humanity than by looking after our children. This month at Fostering Kids NZ we are celebrating the awesome work you all do by looking after the children you have in your home. By nurturing, loving and healing you are giving them a better chance …

Congratulations to Rose Bennett

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipient. Rose Bennett says she’s always had a passion for children – and knew in her heart she could make a difference to their lives. She first became a foster mother in the 1980s. Then, after a break, she signed up again in 2009. Since then she’s fostered more than 60 children and young …

The political debate over caregiving

As you probably know, it is election year. And that means debate in Parliament has stepped up a notch. If you don’t follow the news you may not have heard – there’s currently a battle going on over changes to the laws that protect children and young people in care. Recently, Radio New Zealand compiled a report on this issue …

Save our 2017 Conference date!

We’re excited to share more details about our annual conference – coming up in September this year. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Foster Care.’ We want to use the opportunity to acknowledge all that you do – while inspiring you with other stories of struggle and success. The conference will be held in Christchurch  – and we want to get as …

Foster Care Awareness Week – 5 – 11 March

March is always an important month on the Fostering Kids NZ calendar – not only do we have Children’s Day on March 5th – we also have Foster Care Awareness Week from 5 – 11 March. Foster Care Awareness Week provides an opportunity for us to share our stories and celebrate the everyday heroes in the community who provide extraordinary …

More peas please!

For Home for Life dad Russ, getting his 11 year old boy to eat vegetables can be a challenge, but not when he’s serving up this tasty dish!   Ingredients: 6 slices streaky bacon 1 small bunch fresh mint 100g Parmesan cheese sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1 chicken stock cube, optional 400g dried shell pasta olive oil 300g …

Celebrate Children’s Day – Sun 5th March

Children’s Day, Te Rā O Te Tamariki, is the annual opportunity for us to unite and celebrate the precious young people in our lives. The day has been celebrated here for more than ten years – it’s a chance to focus on the meaning of our relationships with our tamariki. You can find out what is happening in your neighbourhood here – …

Are you swimming between the flags?

As responsible caregivers, we always make sure our children swim between the flags, but how many of us are taking unnecessary risks in our own caring practice? We talk to Fostering Kids NZ staff about what caregivers need to do to keep everyone safe. Andeana Pilalis is the Critical Support Manager at Fostering Kids NZ. A big part of her …

North West News – Feb 2017

Message from Teena Kia ora koe, Happy New Year to you all.  It’s been a month into the year already! With school starting, this time is all about school supplies, uniforms and managing a mix of emotions in your household as children go through a range of thoughts and feelings about heading back to school (and maybe adults too!). At …

Upper South News – Feb 2017

Message from Denise Happy New Year everyone We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Facebook about the School and …

Lower South News – Feb 2017

Message from Barbara Happy New Year everyone We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Facebook about the School and …

Canterbury News – Feb 2017

Message from Stephanie Happy New Year everyone. We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Facebook about the School and …

Lower North News – Feb 2017

Message from Stephanie We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Face Book about the School and Year Start Up …

Central North News – Feb 2017

Message from Gonny Kia ora, I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year break and are looking forward to the year to come. The end of year events were lovely and lively occasions to attend.  I managed to be at the Tauranga Association Christmas Party, AGM, Ten Pin Bowling and Pool Parties in Rotorua and Whakatane.  Congratulations …

Auckland South Waikato News – Feb 2017

Message from Dallas. Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have managed to get some downtime over the holidays.  At the end of last year we held our Christmas Party at the office and we had over 60 children and families attend.  Apart from the venue not being big enough, we had a great time.  A huge thanks …

Auckland North News – Feb 2017

Message from Sasha Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and holiday break with Whanau and are excited about what 2017 will bring.  I’m hoping we see some sunny weather for beach trips and BBQ’s this summer.  I look forward to supporting all you wonderful caregivers this year and meeting many of you at the support groups …