Foster Care Awareness Week
Find an event near you!
Our annual celebration of caregivers is coming up from 4-10 March, and we have a stellar line up of events around the country for our caregivers and their whānau!
See what’s happening in your region and register before spaces run out.
Who We Are
Watch our new video!
We have recently been collecting footage at our training, events, and national office, to create a video that represents who we are, and how we can support caregivers across Aotearoa.
Check it out below!
A Heartwarming Caregiver Story
We sat down with one of our wonderful caregiver members, Vikki, who bravely shared with us the ups and downs of her caregiving journey, and how Caring Families Aotearoa came to be her ‘sanity saver’.
We are inspired by the continuous empathy, love, and resilience she has shown through challenging times. Read her story below.
Caring Families Aotearoa exists to support the thousands of children in care in Aotearoa, by supporting their caregivers. We help children heal.
Caregiver members receive FREE training, support and advocacy.
Caring Families Aotearoa exists to support the thousands of children in care in Aotearoa, by supporting their caregivers.
Caregiving is a broad term – it covers anyone raising a child that isn’t their own. This includes foster caregivers, whānau caregivers, respite caregivers and permanent (home for life) caregivers.
Being a caregiver (foster or whānau) can be challenging, and it is vital that you never feel alone during your caregiving journey.
Strong support is important to ensure stable and secure homes for children in care. Caring Families Aotearoa offers our members a variety of support options.
Caring Families Aotearoa works in partnership with other organisations and iwi to meet the needs of the community.
This includes training and supporting professionals who work alongside caregivers to ensure a safe and healing home.
The training offered by Caring Families Aotearoa is for caregivers parenting tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) who have relationship difficulties, especially children who have experienced insecure attachments, trauma, loss and or separation, or family violence. All our training pays special attention to the parenting attitude of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy).
Being a caregiver (foster or whānau) can be challenging, and it is vital that you never feel alone during your caregiving journey. Strong support is important to ensure a stable and secure home for children in care. Caring Families Aotearoa offers our members a variety of support options; one on one support, support groups and facebook groups.
Help us Support Caregivers
We provide encouragement, professional training and support so foster and whānau caregivers can do their best for vulnerable children, helping them to prosper and learn to love and trust again.
But we can’t do this alone. With your help we make a positive impact and help to transform the lives of thousands of children in care in New Zealand.
Become a Member
If you are caring for tamariki or rangatahi not born to you, we can provide you with support, advocacy, therapeutic training and information.
Membership is free. Join the thousands of caregivers in Aotearoa who receive free support, training and advocacy.
Please click the button below and complete the online form to become a member of Caring Families Aotearoa or to update your details.
Caring Families Aotearoa (formerly Fostering Kids New Zealand) was formed more than 40 years ago to help caregiving families.
We are here to support families who open their homes and hearts to tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) in need of care and protection.
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