Support Groups

Caring Families Aotearoa has Support Groups throughout New Zealand that provide peer support to caregivers. There may be several support groups in your area and these could be thematic such as Home for Life, Whānau/Kin, neighbourhood, FASD group etc.

One on One Support

Connecting with Other Caregivers

Join A Support Group Team

Existing Support

Regional Support

One on One Support

We can help you – Our Regional Coordinators, throughout Aotearoa, are here to support you and your whānau through your challenges. Whether you’re experiencing a behavioural issue with your tamariki, or you just need someone to listen to you or advocate for you.

The support we offer you is specific to those caring for tamariki and rangatahi, who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES’s).  The support you receive will be based around a framework that is healing centred and trauma informed.

“I’m very grateful they are there. I wouldn’t want caregivers to be without them.”

“Thanks, Caring Families Aotearoa for looking after us! You guys have got us through some dark times. Truly grateful”

“I am very thankful for the support from Caring Families Aotearoa. It has literally been life changing.”

Every care journey is different and for complex cases, we have Advisors who work with the Regional Coordinators. Our Advisors work in the fields of;

  • Behavioural Management
  • Policy and Legal
  • Education

You never need to feel alone.  Call your Regional Coordinator or National Office 0800693323 for a chat.

Connecting with Other Caregivers

We have a wide range of caregiver Support Groups throughout Aotearoa for members. We feel it is important to connect you with others who ‘have walked in your shoes’ and have shared your experiences, tears and laughter, frustration and joy.

Groups keep connected through regular get-togethers, fun events, and private social media groups. There may be several support groups in your area, these could be caregivers who live close together, share a similar interest or with similar experiences eg:


  • Home for Life,
  • Whānau/Kin,
  • Neighbourhood,
  • FASD

Join A Support Group

Caring Families Aotearoa have local support groups that provide peer support in your region. Support groups are made up of other Caring Families Aotearoa members who meet regularly for a cup of tea and support.

When you become a member of Caring Families Aotearoa you can choose which local support group you would like to join. Please send us an email ( and let us know which group you would like to be connected to. Otherwise, you can call our free phone, 0800 693 323. You will be notified by email about events in your area, including training, morning/afternoon teas and family activities.

You are also more then welcome to set up your own support group, for more information follow the link below.

Please find below a list of local Support Groups that are registered support groups of Caring Families Aotearoa:

Upper North

  • Kaikohe LIFT Group
  • Mangawhai Support Group


  • West Auckland Foster Care Support Association
  • Orewa & Surrounds
  • Kaipara Carers Support Group
  • Foster Care Association Inc (FCAA)
  • FASD Auckland Support Group

Auckland South

  • Waikato/Hauraki Foster Care Association (Inc Hauraki)
  • Caring South Waikato Hearts
  • Hauraki Support Group
  • Ngaruawahia Support Group
  • Cambridge Support Group
  • Franklin Foster Carers Association
  • South Auckland Foster Care Association

Central North

  • Rotorua Support Group
  • Rotorua LIFT Group
  • PACE Support Group Tauranga
  • Mid North Support Group

East Coast

  • Tairawhiti Foster Care Association
  • Hawkes Bay Foster Care Association

North West

  • Wanganui Fostercare Association Inc
  • Our Tamariki and Carers (Whanganui)
  • Taranaki PACE Parenting Support Group

Lower North

  • Tararua Foster Carers
  • Manawatu Foster Care Association Inc
  • Wairarapa Foster Care Association
  • Wairarapa LIFT Group
  • FASD Lower North
  • Horowhenua Support Group
  • Wellington Family & Fostercare Association
  • Kapiti Evening Support Group
  • Kapiti Foster Care Support Group
  • Wellington Support Group
  • Porirua Unique Foster Carers
  • Palmerston North Support Group

Upper South

  • Marlborough Foster Care Association (Blenheim/Picton)
  • Nelson & Tasman Association
  • FASD Nelson Support Group
  • Marlborough Grandies
  • Nelson Whānau Support Group
  • Westport Support Group


  • Otautahi Foster Care Association
  • South Canterbury Foster/Whanau Support Group
  • Christchurch West Support Group
  • Ashburton Support Group
  • Christchurch PACE Parenting Group 2019

Lower South

  • Central Otago Support Group Association
  • Dunedin Coffee and Cake
  • Southland Foster Care Association Inc
  • Woodlands Support Group
  • Gore Support Group
  • Southland LIFT Group

Existing Support Groups

Support Groups provide caregivers with networking and peer support opportunities in their local area. If you are an established Support Group/Association here is some information you might find useful.

How caregivers join a support group

A caregiver can join a support group at anytime by calling Caring Families Aotearoa on 0800 693 323 or emailing A caregiver can be part of more than one group. When a caregiver joins Caring Families Aotearoa, we will give them a list of open support groups in their area. The new caregiver can go along to a meeting and decide whether they would like to join. Support Groups will also be promoted on our website.

How support groups communicate

Support Group/Association liaison will be able to see contact details for caregivers in their Support Group on the secure Support Groups Link (formerly the Association Link). Support Groups can choose the best communication method for their group. Some ways to communicate are:

1. Support groups can submit a mailout to their group and/or other caregivers in their region through the Caring Families Aotearoa mail system.

2. Smaller support groups/closed support groups may choose to communicate through text messages or personal email to organise their meetings.

3. Meetings and get togethers can be advertised on the Caring Families Aotearoa website calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Snippets.


Claiming your meeting/get together contribution is easy, simply click on the link above and you will be directed to the Support Groups Link (formerly the Association Link), complete the online form and then submit it. The contribution will be deposited into the nominated bank account within two working weeks.

Caring Families Aotearoa will pay a contribution of $3 per Caring Families Aotearoa member, who attended the meeting, towards the refreshments for your meeting. Support groups can claim a contribution for up to eight meetings per year. Any further claims will be dependent on funding availability. You can claim for up to two ‘mentors’ per meeting. A ‘mentor’ is a member of Caring Families Aotearoa who is not a caregiver: they may be a professional, retired or having a break.

Funding for special events

If your support group is organising a special event and needs additional funding they can apply to the Regional Committee. Each Regional Committee has an annual budget to use for events being held throughout their region. This amount is reviewed annually and set within budget limitations. Support groups must apply to the Regional Committee for event funding.

Support groups must apply to the Regional Committee for event funding:

1. Complete the event proposal funding application, available online.

2. Email to Regional Coordinator who will present your proposal at the next Regional Committee meeting, make sure that the application is submitted in a timely manner as Committee meetings are monthly.

3. Caring Families Aotearoa can pay approved expenses by sending a tax invoice to These can be paid either prior to the event or after the event.

4. Complete a short survey about how your event went.

Regional Committee

In each region there is a Regional Committee/Panel made up of up-to six caregivers from the region, National Office team as required, and the Regional Coordinator. The Regional Committee will approve event proposals from the Support Groups and offer assistance where necessary. They may plan/organise events for all members in their region and promote events on Facebook.

We expect this role will take about two hours a month and include a Skype, or similar, meeting with other committee members. More time will be required if events are being organised in the region. If you would like to apply to be on your Regional Committee/Panel please complete this form and email it to

In recognition and appreciation of the extra time and support of the caregivers in their region, Caring Families Aotearoa will contribute towards the Committee Members attending National Conference and Regional Hui.

Regional Support

Caring Families Aotearoa has ten Regional Coordinators covering New Zealand. They provide advice, guidance and support to individual members, member Associations and Support Groups and agencies in their regions.

They also network with Non Government Organisations (NGO) and their local Oranga Tamariki sites. Should you need support, advice or would like to be connected to caregivers in your area please contact the Regional Coordinator in your area.

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