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 Carol Mullany who have stepped into the Key Contact shoes to revive a support group for Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers in the Wairarapa.

David and Carol Mullany

If you’d like to know more about FASD – (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) – we have a workshop filmed from two Canadian professionals that work in this area. Follow this link to our website and scroll down to ‘videos.’

Please call me (Stephanie) on 0800 693 323 and I will send you the password to access this fantastic workshop.  It is informative for caregivers, and those working with Children/Young people that have traits of FASD.

Stephanie James-Sadler

Nga mihi

Stephanie James-Sadler

National Training & Support Manager

0800 693 323


We are currently working on our Term 2 training schedule. Make sure you keep an eye out for the schedule when it goes live here. I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

Association News

The Wairarapa Foster Care Association is re-establishing itself.  Thanks to all those who came to the first support group meeting in Carterton recently.  Rob Surtees spoke about Fostering Kids NZ’s hope for the future with support for caregivers especially at this time of change.

On Sunday 19th March some members of the Manawatu Foster Care Association headed to Jupiter Park in Levin.  The weather was great and the children were able to enjoy the play equipment, T BALL equipment and balls. We had a great barbeque for lunch and one family shared banana cake for dessert.  Some children took advantage of the small pool, while others headed to the main Levin Pool.  A great time was had by everyone small and tall.  It was great to have families from Horowhenua join us.

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