LIFT Success

Caring Families Aotearoa, a division of Fostering Kids New Zealand, recently delivered the Foundations for Attachment training to ten caregivers on the West Coast.

Foundations for Attachment is a Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP) informed programme that helps caregivers to understand why the children and young people in their care do what they do.  We need to understand what is behind the behaviours, as children who have experienced trauma are communicating through their behaviours. We know that relationships heal relationships.

The ten caregivers who completed the training now have an understanding of how they can parent differently to meet the children’s needs and begin to heal the trauma they have experienced.

“This course needs to be available to all people taking care of children who are ‘in the system’.

“This is the first information we have found that matches our kids”.

Denise, the Regional Coordinator for this area, will now continue to meet with the group once a month, so that they can integrate the learning from the training into their homes. After six months of integrating the learning into their homes the ten caregivers will have completed Level One of the LIFT (Levels of Integrated Family Therapy) model.

Beginning May 01 and three more Wednesdays thereafter, Caring Families Aotearoa will be in Dunedin delivering the Foundations For Attachment training as part of the LIFT model. Places are still available for this training so please contact Jennifer Hanson to learn more 0800 693 323 or

The LIFT model is being run throughout the country. If you are interested in participating in this programme, give us a call and we can let you know what trainings are coming up and in what regions. 0800 693 323.

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