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Christmas Colouring Competition

Christmas Colouring Competition

Christmas Colouring CompetitionGet creative and take part in our Christmas Colouring Competition! How to enter: Children, any age can either colour in the gingerbread person provided by clicking the button below OR can draw their own gingerbread person. Once your...

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Holiday Allowance

Holiday Allowance

Holiday Allowance Payments to be Paid Before ChristmasAs announced by Hon Kelvin Davis on 23 June 2021, anyone receiving the Orphans Benefit (OB), Unsupported Child Benefit (UCB) or Foster Care Allowance (FCA) will receive their Holiday Allowance payments...

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A Gift for the Music Lover

A Gift for the Music Lover

A Gift for the Music LoverAs you may already be aware, Caring Families Aotearoa, has a close relationship with former Carterton MP and Defense Minister, Ron Mark. Having grown up in care himself, Ron has a very personal connection to the fostercare community. Ron has...

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Making Improvements for Caregivers

Making Improvements for Caregivers

Making Improvements for CaregiversCaring Families Aotearoa is dedicated to ensuring that every care family and whānau is enabled, supported, and has the skills to provide tamariki/children with a secure home where they can be healed. To ensure this happens, we...

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Poem – In my Mummy’s Tummy

Poem – In my Mummy’s Tummy

Poem - In my Mummy's TummyA caregiver, who wishes to be anonymous, shared this poem with us to share with other caregivers. Caregivers, every day, support tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) in care who have experienced trauma at a young age, some...

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Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025

Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025

New Strategic PlanAt our Annual General Meeting, on the 20 October, Linda Surtees, CEO, presented our new strategic plan that came into effect at the beginning of this financial year. Linda highlighted what we will do to enable and support our members and their...

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The Results Are In

The Results Are In

The Results Are InIn June 2021 we ran our annual caregiver survey so we could get your feedback on the services Caring Families Aotearoa provides, the support and training you receive as well as your current caregiving situation so we can identify gaps to better shape...

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Voyage For VOYCE

Voyage For VOYCE

Voyage For VOYCESpirit of Adventure Scholarship Fund for Rangatahi (young people)!Rangatahi in care aged between 16 – 18 years old have got an amazing scholarship opportunity to take part in a life-changing Spirit of Adventure voyage! Solo sailor and former foster...

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New Training – Making Changes

New Training – Making Changes

Let's Make A ChangeIn August we piloted our latest training, Making Changes – Stability in Hard Times. This newly developed, Intermediate level training was delivered to six caregivers in Lower Hutt, Wellington. We received excellent feedback and we hope this training...

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We’ve joined Chooza

We’ve joined Chooza

We've joined Chooza, and here's why you should tooWhat is Chooza? Chooza is an online store, that lets you sell and buy whatever you want, with the proceeds of each sale going to a charity. There is a selection of charities to choose from, and Caring Families Aotearoa...

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Virtual Support

Virtual Support

Support - The Best Lockdown ToolThis past month has been tough, there is no sugar coating it. And for parents, and caregivers who have become teachers on top of your very busy parenting role, you deserve a round of applause. Here at Caring Families Aotearoa, we...

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West Coast Flooding Response

West Coast Flooding Response

Community help during West Coast FloodingOn 17 July 2021, Westport and Marlborough suffered significant weather conditions resulting in many homes having to be evacuated due to flooding. Several caregivers' homes, cars and possessions had been damaged, most having to...

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Budget Updates – What You Need to Know

Budget Updates – What You Need to Know

Budget Updates - What You Need to KnowOn 23 June 2021, Hon Kelvin Davis announced further updates including the change to the Birthday and Holiday Allowance to now include caregivers who are receiving the OB and UCB. Previously, this allowance was only being paid to...

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Allowance Available for Counselling

Allowance Available for Counselling

Allowance Available for CounsellingDid you know there is a counselling subsidy available through Work and Income? If you, your partner or the children in your care require counselling, you can apply to get financial assistance as part of a Disability Allowance. This...

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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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