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Nau mai e ngā mātua atawhai

Tā te tamariki tāna mahi wāwāhi tahā.
It is the children’s job to smash the calabash.

For young people stepping into foster care, they’re in need of kindness and assurance. Many have experienced adversity and difficulties – they need stability. Rangatahi often have behavioural challenges, they need understanding and a supportive hand.

Many of our staff are of Pacific heritage, and each year we work with a growing number of Pasifika children, youth and families. In 2012, we formalised our commitment to meeting the cultural needs of Pasifika families, communities and staff.

A foster care placement is typically a full year. However, some foster carers choose to provide shorter stays and respite care from one-to-two-weeks.

Alongside financial, training, healthcare, cultural and community support, our foster carers and rangatahi in their care join in our therapeutic programmes. Our foster careers also have access to around-the-clock clinical support.

These are key areas you’ll be assessed on for foster care suitability, and key ways we support you

Step 1. First meeting with you

Meeting with you and discussing accommodation essentials and personal details, such as: Can you provide rangatahi with their own room? How long are you prepared to have them stay with you – if a year is too long, would you consider short-term stay? If you are in a relationship, your age etc? If you have other children in your care, you may not be suitable – but this is something we address on a case-by-case basis.

Step 2. Police and Ministry of Social Development (MSD) check

Asking you to undertake a Police and Ministry of Social Development (MSD) check, driver license check, undergo two interviews, home assessment and medical check.

Step 3. Participation in our training programmes

Focus areas include: recognising and reducing risk, foster care safe practise and procedures, first aid and suicide prevention.

Step 4. Open discussion

Engaging you in discussion about the young person, their behaviours, challenges and history.