|Fostering Kids New Zealand, at the invitation of Child Youth and Family, have made several practical recommendations to improve outcomes for Children in Foster Care.
Fostering Kids New Zealand Media Release
Date 28 August 2015
Improving Outcomes for Children in Foster Care
Fostering Kids New Zealand, at the invitation of Child Youth and Family, have made several practical recommendations to improve outcomes for Children in Foster Care.
Linda Surtees, CEO of Fostering Kids New Zealand says; “Caregivers need considerably more support and training than they currently receive. Strong support, training and advocacy for Fostering Families is vital to ensure stable and secure homes for children in care.”
Sadly, the findings in the State of Care report released by the Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills came as no surprise to Fostering Kids New Zealand - The national, not-for-profit, organisation who supports foster carers throughout New Zealand.
Fostering Kids New Zealand presented a paper in April this year titled ‘Improving Outcomes for Children in Foster Care’. This paper is currently being considered by Minister Tolley’s expert panel as it conducts a full review of Child Youth and Family.
The paper includes the following recommendations:
• The introduction of National Standards of Care for Foster Children
• Separation of care and protection within Child Youth and Family to enable a clear focus on the care of children
• Accessible therapists providing specialist support to help caregivers appropriately respond to the impact of trauma and extreme behaviours in the care setting
• The outcomes of children in care to be included in Government Service Targets
• Introduce a model of structured wrap-around training and support for caregivers
• One to one support and training to be delivered in the context of the family/care setting
• Significantly raising the age young people leave foster care (currently young people ‘age out’ of care when they turn 17 when the average age for young people in New Zealand leaving home is 23)
Linda Surtees says, “Our model considerers the ‘care team’ around a child should not only include Child, Youth and Family but also Iwi, Health, Education and a dedicated caseworker to focus on the wellbeing of the child and foster family”.
Andeana Pilalis, Events and Communications Manager, Fostering Kids New Zealand,
Tel: 04 566 0299, Mob: 027 369 3323, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Fostering Kids New Zealand
Fostering Kids New Zealand is a not for profit national organisation established in 1976. We provide caregiver advocacy, support and specialised training throughout New Zealand.
We are a free, membership-based, organisation supporting nearly 4,000 individual members and 41 Non Government Organisation (NGO) members with whom we work collaboratively in support of caregivers and children and young people in care.
Our aim is to provide caregivers with the help they need to lovingly support children in foster care through any challenges they face and ensure the children in their care have a stable, loving for as long as it’s needed.
• Specialised, free professional development training to support caregivers through their caregiving journey e.g. Understanding and Managing Behaviour, Identity and Belonging, Maltreatment and Family Violence, Legal Issues.
• Critical care support for caregivers who are dealing with extraordinary circumstances.
• Advice on Child Youth and Family (CYF) policies, court and legal issues.
• Annual National Caregivers Conference attracting 300-400 caregivers nationwide.
• 36 Regional Associations that bring caregivers together for mutual support, events and other activities.
• Advocacy for caregivers and children in foster care at a local and national level.