Lower South News – August 2017

Lower South RC
Barbara McElligott
03 928 5122 or
027 501 0391

Kia ora everyone

Love is a constant process of tuning in, connecting, missing and misreading cues, disconnecting, repairing and finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again minute to minute and day to day. Dr Sue Johnson

Our kids need to know that our love is unconditional, that there is always a way to reconnect. Our kids need US to be their secure base, and we need to take care of ourselves so we can BE that secure base.

I hope you and yours are well and warm and reconnecting as you need to, and the school holidays went well for you all. Remember there are people out here to support you through sustaining your placements when you need it.

Our conference is only a couple of months away now, so I’m hoping you are considering how you might get there as its just up the road in Christchurch this year. I know there is a car load going from Central Otago and maybe Dunedin. Please contact your key support person or myself if you would like to connect with a car pool of people that are going.  Here is the link for conference details.

Noho ora mai

Associations/Network/Support Groups

Southland Association have just had their AGM, another great mid-winter dinner together and are now planning their next coffee and cake morning at Buster Crabs, 326 Dee Street, Invercargill for the 18th October at 11am. The cakes are always super yummy and the company great, so do come along. Our next meeting will be held in February 2018, watch this space for details later in the year. For support please feel free to contact Rose 027 497 0132 or Jenny 03 231 312 02, or cell 021 069 159.

Dont miss it, diarise it now – Dunedin Foster carers support group are busy organising a great Event 

An event with Anna Baker discussing sensory issues in children will be held at the Te Hou Ora Whanau Services, 78 Carroll Street, Dunedin, on the 12th September 2017. Parking can be an issue but please don’t let that put you off. For support contact Sonia, email; duredinfcsg@nullgmail.com.

Remember we have our support Facebook page. If you are a member of Fostering Kids NZ, just request to be a friend, if not join us as a member by clicking this link then ask to join our closed group.



  • What do you know about Maltreatment in New Zealand?
  • What are the effects of family violence on children in care?
  • Would you like to learn ways to break the cycle and help support and heal the child or young person that has experienced trauma?

To find out about these and more come along to a training near you. Here is the Link to our training calendar.

Te Rito Training

There was an outstanding response to our recent advertisement of the Te Rito Bicultural Competency E-Learning Modules. If you registered for this, by now you should have received your access to begin this training. If you haven’t received anything, please contact Christine at caregivertraining@nullfosteringkids.org.nz

We are aware a few people have been experiencing problems with their access or it not saying they have completed the modules. The training organisation, is looking into this and hopes to have it rectified soon. If you continue to experience issues, please contact us so we can pass on your details.


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