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 payment.  It’s for those caregivers that are receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit for a child in your care.  If you want to find out more, here’s the link.

Stephanie James-Sadler

Nga mihi

Stephanie James-Sadler

National Training & Support Manager

0800 693323

More support in Lower North region

As mentioned in our December Snippets, we have established a new region within our Lower North boundaries.  The East Coast area from Waipukurau up to Hicks Bay (including the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne) will now have its own focus with us here at Fostering Kids NZ.

We are very excited to introduce Cath Jeffares, who will be the new Regional Coordinator for the East Coast region.  Cath has done some early childhood study, worked with Plunket in some challenging areas and worked with CYF while in that role.  Cath’s extended family has had lots of foster caregiving experience.  This, and her passion for supporting families/whanau and communities for better outcomes for children has led her to this role.  Cath will introduce herself to you when she starts in the middle of February.

From March 2017, the East Coast region will have its own monthly Snippets.  We have some great Key Contacts within this new region and I know that Cath is looking forward to working with them and getting to know the caregivers in the East Coast region as she develops in her role.

The new boundary of the Lower North region will now start from Kimbolton down, including Manawatu, Dannevirke, Wairarapa, Kapiti, and, around the Wellington region. In the interim we have Rob Surtees and Sally Moffatt available to support families in the new Lower North region until we advertise for a Regional Coordinator for this newly defined region.  We will keep you updated.  Contact Rob or Sally on 0800 693 323.

Training review

Currently, Child, Youth & Family are reviewing some of the National Caregiving Training Programme modules.

Hopefully you have managed to get to the first updated one, Legal Issues, last year.  We’ll be running that again but also the updated training workshops, as they roll out, over the year so keep an eye out at our training schedule to find out what’s being run in your area.  Click here for more information.

Website makeover

Lastly, have you had a chance to have a look at our website lately?  We’ve done some changes and updates.  From feedback we’ve received from caregivers we’ve now got some information about taking photos of children/young people in care, financial assistance information and a link to the charter of rights for children in care.  There are lots of other changes so go and have a look.  We’d love to hear from you if you have any other suggestions of what you think would be valuable on our website.


Term One training workshops are now open for registration. Our first workshop is Attachment & Resilience on 22 February 2017 in Lower Hutt. Please follow this link to the training calendar for details of all the workshops and to register.

Just a reminder that caregivers can claim for mileage and childcare.  We want to reduce any barriers, so you may benefit from the great training provided specifically for caregivers.


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