Applying to be a Caregiver

Caregivers must be approved and trained in order to take on a child or young person. The entire application process usually takes between two and three months, and involves:

  • a police check
  • a medical report from your doctor
  • checks with two referees
  • a series of personal interviews, one of which is conducted in your home.
  • training (specific programme depends on the agency you are working with).

Where to apply

Caregiver recruitment is carried out by both Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children (formerly Child, Youth and Family) and a range of Non-Government Organisations.

The list below outlines the agencies available in your region.

Nationwide

Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children – Caregiver recruitment and training

Key Assets – Caregiver recruitment and training

Open Home Foundation – Caregiver recruitment and training

Upper North

Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services – Kaikohe – Iwi services

Barnardos – Whangarei – Respite services

Youth Horizons – Whangarei – Home based caregiver and residential home caregiver recruitment

Auckland

Barnardos – Royal Oak –Caregiver recruitment and training

Lifewise – New Lynn – Caregiver recruitment and training

Te Iwi o Ngati Kahu Trust – Papatoetoe – Iwi caregiver recruitment and training

Reconnect Family Services – Manukau – Caregiver recruitment and training

Central North

Homes of Hope – Tauranga – Caregiver recruitment and training

Youth Horizons – Waikato and BOP – Caregiver recruitment and training

Lower North

Across – Palmerston North – Caregiver recruitment and training

Barnardos – Levin – Respite caregiver recruitment and training

Kokiri Marae Social Services – Hutt Valley – Whanau caregiver recruitment and training

Upper South

Homebuilder West Coast Trust – Westport – Respite caregiver recruitment and training

Lower South

Family Works – Invercargill

Caregiver recruitment and training

  • Phone: 03 211 8226
  • Email: fc@nullfamilyworkssld.nz
  • pss.org.nz