Lower North News – April 2018

Excellence in Foster Care Award Recipients 2018

Kia ora everyone

Wow, what a whirlwind of a month March was.  There were many opportunities around the region to join in on the ‘Children’s Day’ events and then celebrating during Foster Awareness Week.  The busy and fun week culminated with the national Excellence In Foster Care awards on 9 March at Parliament, Wellington.  Ten great caregivers across New Zealand were chosen from nominations to receive these wonderful civic awards as an acknowledgment of what they have done with children placed in their care.

Just to keep you updated with the Lower North Regional Coordinator role, we are currently recruiting for this position.  If you or someone you know might be interested, click here for a job description, or send a covering letter and your CV, with references to: finance@nullfosteringkids.org.nz  Applications close 9am 3rd April 2018.

Lastly, I thought I’d share a link of an article that made me rethink some things as a foster parent:

3 Reasons Traditional Parenting Doesn’t Work With Kids From Trauma – by Mike Berry

I hope it connects some dots for you like it did for me.

Ka kite



Key Contacts for Lower North

Tararua Foster Carers | Rae Dassler | 06 374 8849 | raedass55@nullxtra.co.nz

Manawatu Foster Care Association Inc. | Judith Williams | 06 323 5013 | judithwilliamsnz@nullgmail.com

Kapiti Foster Care Support Group | Ginny Higgins | 04 293 3826  gmhigg@nullxtra.co.nz

Wairarapa Foster Care Association | David Mullany | 06 379-9343 | mullany23@nullgmail.com

Porirua Unique Foster Carers | Fiona Juchnowicz | 04 232 2512 | fiona@nulltrito.co.nz

Wellington Family and Fostercare Association | Coral Whitson | 04 970 4806 | whitson@nullparadise.net.nz



The Term Two training schedule will be open for registration in early April.  Keep an eye out for an email with the link when the schedule goes live.  In the meantime though, there are still spaces available on the “Identity & Belonging” workshop which is taking place at the Johnsonville Community Centre from 9am – 3pm, 12 April.  To book your place on this training, click here.  Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers. We’d love to see you there.


 Fostering Kids Lowernorth Closed Facebook Page


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