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Events offer an opportunity to connect with other caregivers, share our successes, and learn from others how to navigate challenges.

Our regional co-ordinators and support groups facilitate events in communities across the country. Caring Families Aotearoa also stages a series of national events. Highlights include our National Conference, the Excellence in Foster Care Awards, L’Oréal Face Your Future and Family Fun Days.

National Conference

Registrations are now open for our national conference, which will take place in Christchurch on 24-25 September.

‘Picking up the PACE’ is New Zealand’s only two day conference for caregivers and those working within the sector.  Click below to find out more.

L’Oréal for Youth

(formerly Face your Future)

For the past 12 years, L’Oréal and Caring Families Aotearoa have seen more than 500 care-experienced young people, aged between 16-18 years, come together for an inspirational two days designed to get them thinking about what they want to do once they leave school.

Regional Hui

Regional hui are hosted around the motu (country) by our Regional Coordinators. They are free, full-day events for caregivers, with varied and exciting programmes that will have something for everyone.  From inspiring speakers, self care activities, cultural experiences and learning, to interactive workshops, caregiver connection, and delicious kai; regional hui are an event not to be missed!

Excellence in Foster Care Awards

Each year 10 amazing caregivers or couples are celebrated for the astonishing work they do. Caring Families Aotearoa has been holding the Excellence in Foster Care Awards annually since 2007.

Foster Care Awareness Week

Foster Care Awareness Week, (4-10 March 2024), is the time of year when we go all out to celebrate you and the incredible work that you do every day. You make such an enormous difference in the lives of the children in your care, and we want to express our utter appreciation. Watch this space, and keep an eye on your emails, as we hope to organise some fun events around the country for you to enjoy and take a break!


Fun Days

Every year from November to December Family Fun Days are held all around New Zealand. Family Fun Days are local community events funded by local businesses. They are a great day out for children in care, joined by other deserving children who have had a tough start to life, and biological children of foster and whānau caregivers.