North West News – February 2018

North West RC
Teena Bennett
06 281 1642 or
027 285 6015

Kia ora Koutou

Happy New Year to you all!

I enjoyed a great holiday break, the amazing summer weather contributed hugely to my enjoyment of it and I hope it has helped you with your efforts to keep children occupied.

I’ve come back to work this year feeling more passionate about the well-being of children in care in our community and a desire to contribute to the community that supports them. The Fostering Kids NZ 2017 Conference really inspired me again in this vein. I saw evidence of a growing national and international impetus that is focused on enriching the lives of children in care in tangible, wiser, kinder ways. I hope we get to the end of 2018 and can say ‘yes, things are improving’.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming trainings or Fostercare Awareness Week events.  Please give me a ring, or email me if you’d like support or information around any other issue, I’m available Monday to Wednesday.

Fostercare Awareness Week Events


On Tuesday 13 March, 7.00pm Fostering Kids NZ will be hosting another Coffee and Dessert evening for Whanganui caregivers and their young people in care (aged 14 years and above) to view a film of Mana’s message. Venue to be confirmed.

The Northwest Region has a closed Facebook page called ‘Fostercare Northwest Support’ that is solely for Northwest Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers from Bulls/Wanganui up to New Plymouth and including Taumarunui and those areas in-between. Members of Fostering Kids NZ only can become a member of this page.  These pages are utilised to advertise events and members are welcome to post articles and information that is helpful and of interest to local caregivers. Our closed page can also be an avenue to get some support/ask questions along with caregiving journey. Please send a request to join and I will include you in the group. Please read the page guidelines.   Here is the link to the page, in future Snippets this will be at the bottom of the page.

Fostercare NorthWest Support

Noho ora mai


Trainings for the Northwest Region kick off on February 14 with Safety & Prevention in New Plymouth. Do you feel vulnerable or unsure how to best keep yourself and your family safe on your caregiver journey? This workshop explores strategies and best practices that raises caregiver awareness. It also clarifies the complaint and allegation process.

Taumarunui training is on the 1 March and looks at the intrinsic importance of Identity & Belonging. How does a child removed from family/whanau develop and understand their sense of identity and belonging whilst living in another environment? This workshop is also being run in New Plymouth on 27 March.

Taumarunui keep an eye out for further training opportunities in term two!

Whanganui has a great workshop this term, (a personal favourite) on 14 March that reflects on the experience of the caregiver and their whanau/family, considering self-care and the well- being of the caregiver family.

To register for training and to find out more information, click here.

Dates for Diary

L’Oréal’s ‘Face Your Future Event’

I want to highlight information regarding L’Oréal’s ‘Face Your Future Event’ in Auckland during the next school holidays; Thursday 19 and Friday 20 April 2018.

The workshop is all about inspiring and assisting young people to take that next step in their lives through exploring future career pathways, learning interview skills and attending a session on personal presentation for young people.

If you have a young person 16-18 years in your care (in their last year of school or have just left) then get in early and secure a place …. and ITS FREE!! Registrations close on Friday 16 March 2018. Please click on this link for further details.

Association Information

Taranaki Association

Kia ora Koutou,

It is hard to believe that the end of January is mere days away as I write this. The rush of Christmas and New Year soon gives way to thoughts of returning to routines of work and study. Which reminds me of the reoccurring message from both National Conference 2017, and our regional hui about the importance of self-care in order to provide safe care for the children we care for.

One of the ways I like to practice self-care is by meeting new people and having the opportunity to share aspects of each other’s stories in an informal setting. The experience of providing foster care is so unique to each individual. This is why my aspiration for the Taranaki Fostering Kids association is to create social events that allow the relationships that have begun to be formed over 2017 to flourish. My ideal is two events a term! Which is a big goal for one person.

Therefore, I am keen to hear your ideas about how to achieve this, and to hear from anyone that is keen to be a part of a committee to get some events happening.

The best way to contact me is via email or on my cell phone 027 390 3738. Regards, Kylie McDonagh-Parker

Whanganui Association

Happy New year to all our wonderful caregivers. I hope that this year brings all the hopes and dreams of all the great kids in your care.




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