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Foundations for Attachment

Do you want to have a better understanding of how to respond to challenging behaviours? Make the child in your care’s experience more positive? Strengthen the placement and create a secure base for the tamariki (child) or rangatahi (young person)?

The Foundations for Attachment Programme, trains caregivers to understand the child’s behaviour and their hidden needs from a ‘trauma informed’ perspective. The programme provides a therapeutic environment for children who are in your care.

Caring Families Aotearoa has been delivering this programme throughout New Zealand over the past three years. This is what caregivers have said about the programme:

“It’s a great programme. All caregivers should attend. There would be fewer placement breakdowns and happier relationships between the children and caregivers”

“The Programme has given me insight and helped to assist with caring”

The programme is one day a week for four weeks. After the four week period, we facilitate five peer support group meetings (monthly) as well as telephone support for up to six months. To gain the Foundations for Attachment certificate, participants must attend all sessions including the monthly follow up sessions.

Changing our parental behaviours and “go-to” responses takes time and practice which is why this programme is delivered over a longer period. This gives caregivers opportunities to develop new ways of responding to challenges and learning how to parent differently. The monthly follow up sessions are an integral part of this learning and support group that you form as you work through the programme.


The Foundations for Attachment programme is coming to the Hawkes Bay this March!

We are seeking expressions of interest from caregivers in the Hawkes Bay / Gisborne region to participate in the Foundations for Attachment Programme.

Places on this programme are limited so be quick to register your interest by clicking the button below.

Registrations close Friday 26 February 2021!

The programme will be delivered on:


  • Wednesday 10 March 2021, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021, 9 am – 2.30 pm
  • Wednesday 24 March 2021, 9 am – 2.30 pm
  • Wednesday 31 March 2021, 9 am – 3 pm

Caregivers must be committed to completing all four days and continuing peer support group meetings.

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