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2021 Excellence in Foster Care Awards

2021 Excellence in Foster Care Awards

2021 Excellence in Foster Care Awards At Caring Families Aotearoa, we have the privilege of working with and supporting so many amazing caregivers who go above and beyond what is expected of them for the tamariki and rangatahi in their care. This July 16 caregivers...

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Celebrating Matariki

Celebrating Matariki

Celebrating Matariki in Aotearoa / New ZealandFrom the end of June to mid-July this year in Aotearoa / New Zealand we celebrated Matariki. Matariki is a star cluster in the sky and its arrival has a wonderful meaning; it is a time to spend with whānau (family) and...

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Thank You to our Volunteers

Thank You to our Volunteers

Thank You to our VolunteersCaring Families Aotearoa, like many other not-for-profit organisations, wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the amazing work of so many volunteers. Last week (20-27 June), we celebrated with these dedicated people during volunteer...

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Training Update July 2021

Training Update July 2021

Care Sector TrainingWe are excited to finally announce changes to the training and learning opportunities we will be delivering. From next term, we will no longer be delivering the National Caregiver Training Programme developed by Oranga Tamariki. Instead, Caring...

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Keeping PACE

Keeping PACE

Registrations are now open!  Don't miss out on your chance to attend New Zealand's only Conference for care families and whānau who open their homes and hearts to tamariki in need of care and protection. This year's conference is being held at the Lower Hutt Event...

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Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association

Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association

Bay of Plenty Foster Care AssociationThe Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association came to a close at their final AGM last month. We want to say thank you to all who were involved in the association over the 15 years it was running. Along with monthly organised support...

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Te Mātātaki 2021

Te Mātātaki 2021

From left to right: Ebony Fleming, Hon. Poto Williams and Tahirah Morton. Te Mātātaki 2021 There were many positive results in the survey that show caregivers are making a difference for the children in their care. Many tamariki and rangatahi in care feel settled,...

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Face Your Future 2021

Face Your Future 2021

Face Your Future 2021On the 21st of April 41 rangatahi made their way to the L’Oréal NZ Academy in Auckland to attend Face Your Future 2021. Some of the teenagers from outside of Auckland had their first plane trip and for many, it was their first time staying in a...

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Keeping Yourself Safe

Keeping Yourself Safe

Keeping Yourself Safe - All About Me PlanOne of the most important things you can do as a caregiver to keep yourself safe is to have an updated 'All About Me Plan' filled out for the children in your care.The All About Me Plan will tell you all about te tamaiti in...

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Supporting the Journey to Adulthood

Supporting the Journey to Adulthood

Supporting the Journey to Adulthood: A Service Design with Rangatahi for RangatahiThe Transition Support Service has been designed with rangatahi and the community to support the 600 rangatahi who leave Oranga Tamariki care each year as they journey to adulthood. The...

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Easter Craft Activities

Easter Craft Activities

Easter Craft ActivitiesEaster is here! Why not hop into the long weekend and get the tamariki doing fun craft activities during the long weekend? Here is a list of some fun ways to add some craft activities to your Easter:Easter Basket Colouring CompetitionSet up a...

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Pizza for Care Whānau

Pizza for Care Whānau

Pizza for care whānauDuring Foster Care Awareness Week we celebrate the wonderful mahi of caregivers around Aotearoa.  This year, with all the uncertainty around COVID-19, we decided to give caregivers a night off cooking and cooked up a deal with Domino's Pizza. All...

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FASD-CAN

FASD-CAN

DO YOU NEED SUPPORT WITH FASD?Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a permanent injury to the brain which results from prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD is diverse, complex and individual, manifesting many different learning, health and social difficulties, often...

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New Team Members at Caring Families Aotearoa!

New Team Members at Caring Families Aotearoa!

New Team Members at Caring Families AotearoaIn the last five months we have welcomed five new people to the Caring Families Aotearoa Team. Di Marshall Senior Administrator Di joined us in August 2020. Di has a Bachelor of Teaching in ECE and was an Early Childhood...

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School and Year Start-up Payment

School and Year Start-up Payment

School and Year Start-up PaymentIf you are receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit (UCB) or the Orphans Benefit (OB) you are eligible to receive a School and Year Start-up Payment. The School and Year Start-up Payment is to help you with school-related costs at the...

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Remembering Billie Galloway

Remembering Billie Galloway

Remembering Billie GallowayIt is with great sadness that I write this message. Billie Galloway (Aunty Billie) passed away Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family. This has left a huge hole in our world, but the legacy she has left behind has made her one of...

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Core Competence Standards Break-down

Core Competence Standards Break-down

Core Competence Standards Break-down In November we wrote about the amendments to the Social Workers Registration Act, which require all Social Workers to be registered from 27 February this year.  This will give everyone greater assurance of Social Workers’...

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Glasses Subsidy

Glasses Subsidy

Children's Glasses Subsidy Do any of the children in your care have problems with their vision? If your answer is yes, you may be eligible for the spectacle subsidy. The Children’s Spectacle Subsidy is for children who are 15 years old or under provided they have a...

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