Kia ora koutou,

What a month August was; and the weather events we survived!  I know some don’t go in for climate change but I have to say… Aotearoa (and the rest of the world) is experiencing some extreme weather events.  Our backyard is sodden… I hope you weren’t affected too much by all that rain.

I want to do a big shout out to those of you who have attended our support groups!  Sometimes it’s just about making the step to get there and once your there, your away. 😊 There has been some awesome contributions by our members at our support groups – connecting, learning and filling your cup is often just what we need for that boost.

September is looking like a busy month.  We have our Keeping PACE National Conference – see below for more information, Face Your Future two day camp for youth coming up later in the month, as well as FASD Awareness Month for Aotearoa, and Te Wiki o te Reo, Māori Language Week from the 12th of September. Check out their websites for lots of helpful information, resources, activities and events you can get involved with.  

Chris Frost

Christine Frost
Central North Regional Coordinator
Ph: 07 281 1137

Mob: 027 501 0393

I hope to be able to keep you in the loop with what is happening for these via our region’s Facebook group. 

Finally, this month we have the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the amazing men we lovingly refer to as “DAD”.  I would like to acknowledge all our caregiver Dads.  The gift you give of father figure, role model and “nominated taxi driver” does not go unnoticed.  Without you our children would not learn the wonderous qualities that make men loving, caring reliable Dads.  I acknowledge you not just for Father’s Day but every day.

Here is some feedback:

”Thank you for doing what you’re doing. You are loving in some of the hardest and deepest and most complicated places. Places most men go to great lengths to avoid. Yet you, with arms open and hearts broken, have courageously stepped towards them for the sake of others. That is so counterintuitive, remarkable and beautiful.”

“Thank you for wanting to make a difference in a child’s life and for being a safety net during challenging times.  Your impact on the lives of our tamariki is immeasurable.  We appreciate you.”

TRAINING

On 8th Spetmeber we have a face to face training session for Family Dynamics – Torn Loyalties.

This newly developed training gives caregivers the tools and advice to navigate their child’s relationship with their biological family. We will also explore the inner thoughts and feelings that children face when placed into a care family, so you can better understand their experience.

If you would like to find out more and register please click here.

Also in September we are running three online training sessions, so you can learn from the comfort of your home;

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Online Training (FASD)

Ako Ngātahi Learning Together ‘Parenting in a Healing Way’

Difficult Behaviours – Managing Confrontation & Intimidating Interactions 

To find out more about these sessions and register please click here

EVENTS

Keeping PACE – National Conference

Our National Conference is only 3 weeks away! You really dont want to miss out hearing from our international motivational speakers, attend workshops and connect with other caregivers from around the country. Click below for more information or to register.

SUPPORT

Don’t forget we have our two support groups up and running 😊

Tauranga is every first Friday of the month with either a guest speaker or specific topic.

Rotorua is every third Thursday of the month with either a guest speaker or specific topic.

Please email me for more information or to register if you would like to attend – centralnorth@caringfamilies.org.nz

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou – Big greetings to you all

Chris