Become a Caregiver
Caregivers come from all sorts of backgrounds. Caregivers can be married, partnered or single. They can be working full-time or a stay-at-home parent. Some caregivers own their own home, while other caregivers are renting.
What all successful caregivers have in common is the ability to provide a safe, nurturing home, and the capacity to understand how trauma impacts on a child’s behaviour.
Caring for a child who has experienced trauma does require understanding. It is crucially important to have training and support throughout the caregiving journey to ensure you are equipped for the role, and can provide a place where positive change can occur.
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 series of personal interviews, one of which is conducted in your home.
A medical report from your doctor.
Training (specific programme depends on the agency you are working with).
Checks with two referees.
Where to Apply
Caregiver recruitment is carried out by both Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Children (formerly Child, Youth and Family) and a range of Non-Government Organisations.
The list below outlines the agencies available in your region.
Types of Care
There are a number of ways you can make a difference in the caregiving community. Here are the main paths you can take:
Transitional or short-term care
Family home care
Caring Families Aotearoa has ten Regional Coordinators covering New Zealand. They provide advice, guidance and support to individual members, member Associations and Support Groups and agencies in their regions.
They also network with Non Government Organisations (NGO) and their local Oranga Tamariki sites. Should you need support, advice or would like to be connected to caregivers in your area please contact the Regional Coordinator in your area.