Support and training
There's support and training available to foster carers, so you know what to do, and who to talk to when you need help. As we develop over the coming years, the amount of support and training we offer will grow.
The National Caregiver Training Programme is a partnership between us and Fostering Kids. It gives caregivers the opportunity to learn and develop skills, and includes workshops, publications, and access to national qualifications.
Our one-day workshops are free of charge to caregivers, and a great way to strengthen the understanding you have, and learn new skills. To take part, you first need to complete the 'ways to care' programme (or 'caregiver induction' if you're an NGO caregiver):
This workshop looks at milestones in childhood, and how you can help the tamariki in your care develop into healthy, happy adults.
Attachment and resilience
This workshop will help you to create healthy attachments to the tamariki in your care, and build resilience to any difficulties you might face.
Understanding and managing behaviour
This workshop helps you learn how to manage the behaviour of the children in your care more effectively.
This workshop explains the law based on the type of care you provide, including permanent care. We also look at custody, guardianship and what’s involved when granting family and whānau access to the tamariki in your care.
Safety and prevention
This workshop looks at which situations may be 'risky', and offers new ways to help you handle them.
This workshop looks at the many changes that occur as our children develop into young adults. We look at how trauma can affect their behaviour, development and wellbeing, and ways you can help them deal with it.
Maltreatment and family violence
This workshop looks at types of child abuse and neglect, and the effect they have on our children, as well as ways to help them heal and break the cycle.
It's not a job. It's who I am.
Identity and belonging
This workshop looks at the huge changes our tamariki face when they're placed in your care. This includes how grief and loss affects them, their whānau, and you and your whānau. We explore ways to support them as they maintain their cultural connections, and how to say good-bye when it's time for them to leave your care.
Health and wellbeing
This workshop offers you tips on how to provide a healthy diet and how to address personal hygiene and wellbeing. It also looks at mental health issues for our tamariki, and where to get help if you need it.
This workshop looks at the caregiving team you're in, your role within it, and how you can become an even better communicator.
This workshop looks at the personal skills you have as a carer, how being a carer can impact the rest of your whānau, and what you can do to make it all work.
Register for any of the workshops