Foster for Us

Kia ora!

Thank you for showing an interest in fostering for Homes of Hope. Providing a home for a child who has experienced abuse or trauma is a challenging but rewarding experience. Every day, people just like you change children’s lives by opening up their homes and providing children with a safe, secure, nurturing environment where they can heal and grow.

Homes of Hope began in 2002 with a single Children’s Home providing foster care for children in need. We now have 2 Children’s Homes that are staffed 24/7 and have cared for hundreds of children. All tamariki that come into the care of Homes of Hope are in the custody of Oranga Tamariki. In 2020 Homes of Hope decided to expand their care services once again to children from hard places by recruiting foster carers able to foster children in their own homes. There are 2 types of care opportunities:

Transitional Care: This is where the tamariki will live with you while Oranga Tamariki work with their whanau. The child/children will live with you until they are able to return to their whanau or to a permanent placement. You will be provided with 1 weekend per month respite where the child/children will stay with one of our respite caregivers for the weekend to give you a break.  You will also receive Social Work and Behavioural Support and on-going training and professional development opportunities.  A generous care allowance is included and provide the resources (within reason) required for the tamariki to flourish.

Respite Care; This is where the tamariki is already living with a foster family and you provide respite for the child/children 1 weekend per month.  This needs to be consistent, with a view to establishing a supporting therapeutic relationship with both the tamariki and the foster family.

Our homes in the community we name “Satellite Homes” as we consider these homes to be shining stars in the community, closely attached to the ‘mother ship’ – our papa Kainga group family homes. You will be joining our whanau of care, a community of passionate, multi-disciplined folks committed to the vision and mission of Whare o te Tumanako.

 

Application Process

The process to become a foster parent can be lengthy and begins with completing the required paperwork. The completion of an Application Form, Police Vetting, MSD Vetting, Medical Report and References are a legislated requirement to become a foster parent and must be updated every 3 years.

Once the forms are completed our Homes of Hope social worker will come to your home to conduct a series of interviews and a home check. The interviews will cover things such as how you were raised and the impact this may have on your caregiving, your understanding of caring for children from a background of abuse or trauma, your support network and how you may be able to meet the needs of a child of a different culture to your own.

Homes of Hope also offer Caregiver Induction Training followed by training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI® is an intervention designed specifically for foster or adoptive/whangai parents to meet the complex needs of children who have experienced abuse or trauma. TBRI® offers practical tools for foster parents to assist them in managing the behaviour of children in their care.

 

Satellite Home Support

Homes of Hope will provide you with a wide range of support for your fostering journey. Aside from social work support, behavioural and cultural support, you will also receive financial support while you have a child in your care.

A caregiver allowance is paid to you weekly to help towards board, personal items and pocket money for the tamariki in your care. You will also receive a clothing allowance for each tamariki which is paid quarterly and allowances for their birthday and Christmas presents.

 

Age of ChildWeekly RateWeekly Pocket MoneyBirthday and Christmas Allowance***Quarterly Clothing Allowance***
0-4 years$270$3.00$112$250
5-9 years$295$7.00$112$285

 

Respite caregivers will be given an allowance of $150 per weekend for respite (Friday through to Sunday) to assist with costs such as outings, food and board.

*Pocket money is included in the weekly allowance

**Birthday and Christmas allowance will be issued 1 month prior to the child’s birthday and Christmas

***Clothing allowance will be paid on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December in line with the seasonal changes in weather.

Other payments the child in your care may qualify for, but are not included in the weekly caregiver allowance are:

  • Purchasing the child’s first school uniform
  • School camps
  • School Stationery
  • Extracurricular activities

The foster care allowance is a tax-free allowance that does not affect any other benefits or Family Tax credits you may be receiving.

If you have a child in your care full time you will be entitled to 1 weekend per month respite, access to ongoing training and 24/7 emergency on-call support. Caring Families (previously known as Fostering Kids) also provide support to foster carers by way of training and support groups.

For more information or to obtain an Application Pack please contact our office on 07 578 9826 or email socialworker@homesofhope.org.nz

Please contact us to discuss your availability to assist our precious children. We look forward to hearing from you.

We appreciate your time and consideration.