Kia Ora Whanau,
As I write this from home, due to IT glitches and emergency planning warnings due to Cyclone Gita, I find myself looking around and wondering what I have missed in preparation for a possible emergency. I (or more accurately, my hubby) has tied the BBQ and outdoor furniture to the balcony balustrade, the rather large and awkward trampoline to the pool fence. The water and gas canisters are full, batteries, food, medicines, getaway kit, phones are charged, petrol in car. The list is already long and I know I have probably left a critical component off. The message is: Don’t leave it to the last minute to be organised! Our poor beautiful piece of paradise has had a battering of late, so look out for each other, stay safe and remember that our kids don’t always cope well with further trauma in their lives.They may need you to be in their world that little bit nearer, to understand why their reactions are a little bit bigger than expected. Be with, be there.
This month kicks off with a really important focus… You!
It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018). Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in your area.
Fostercare Awareness week then follows. This is a week to highlight and appreciate all of you; the wonderful caregivers. Whether you provide emergency, interim, transitional, permanent, whanau / kin care, or family home care. We want to celebrate and be thankful for all the work that you do.
You change lives when you provide a loving secure base for children and young people. This creates positive attachment and connections. Your acceptance of who they are, empathising with their hurts, allows them a place where healing can start. Lives can be changed!
“Here’s to you…..THANKS”
Training numbers have been encouraging this term and from the feedback given it is clear that great emphasis is put on caregiver support and networking amongst peers. Please consider what workshops you are able to attend to keep those caregiving skills at their optimum. We are very excited to introduce a brand new workshop next term “The importance of Play”, don’t miss out on the fun! Also for the first time I will deliver a workshop in Motueka so check out the schedule for dates.
Fostercare Awareness Week
4 – 10 March
We have some fabulous coffee group gatherings on this week, so check out what’s in your town. For some, the details are still being arranged, so I will follow up as soon as possible with an email or a post on Facebook.
Morning Tea Shout
Fostering Kids NZ together with Oranga Tamariki, Open Home Foundation and Grandparents raising Grandchildren
Wish to invite you to a morning tea to celebrate
Foster Care Awareness Week
Wednesday 7 March
@ Impact Church Halifax Street. Nelson (Opp Countdown)
In appreciation of all the wonderful caregivers and Whanau who care for our Tamariki. Tamariki are welcome too!
Please RSVP to Denise for catering purposes
027 3693 333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are regular network/support groups happening for
FASDS – Contact Claire Gerrard, 027 4490 459
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Meet every Tuesday alternating between Wooden Spoon Richmond one week and the Deck Café at Tahunanui Camp grounds the next (6 March at Tahunanui)
Contact Paula Eggers, 021 0626 583 or (03) 5445 714
Special Needs support groups – Please contact me (Denise) for further information
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