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Do you see what we see?

Become a foster carer

Help us make a positive difference
Children in your community need a safe and caring home. You will be provided with on-going training, 24/7 support and a dedicated social worker.

Me noho mai hei kaiatawhai

Āwhinatia mātau kia manaaki i te tamaiti
Tērā ngā tamariki i tō hapori kei te hiahia ki te kāinga haumaru, manaaki hoki. Ka whakawhiwhia koe ki te whakangungutanga, ki te tautoko i te ao me te pō, ki te tauwhiro anō hoki.

Avea ma matua

Fesoasoani mai ia tatou faia se suiga lelei
E moomia e tamaiti i totonu o lou afioaga se aiga e saogalemu ma e agalelei ia i latou. E te maua aoaoga i taimi uma, soloatoa le fesoasoani e maua mo le 24/7, ma se social worker e fesoasoani ia te oe.

Hoko ko ha tokotaha tauhi pusiaki

Tokoni mai ke tau fakahoko ha ngāue mā‘ongo‘
‘Oku fiema‘u ‘e he fānau ‘i ho komiunitii´ ha ‘api malu mo anga‘ofa. Te ke ma‘u atu ha ako hokohoko, tokoni 24/7 mo ha tokotaha ngāue ki he nofo fakasōsiale´ (social worker) tu‘uma‘u.

Why is foster care so important?

Young people come into foster care for many reasons - often because of family illness, relationship problems, family breakdown or a situation where their welfare is threatened.

Many of them have experienced neglect and physical, emotional or sexual abuse - and all have faced loss and separation from their birth family.

These children need a safe home for a while or, in some cases until they are old enough to live independently. They have so much to give, and need the support of patient and loving people who can see that.

Listen to Maggie's story

Understanding fostering

Foster care is when a child temporarily lives with a different family who give them the support they need by providing a safe, secure and nurturing home. It can be short or long term; lasting for days, months or years.

Foster carers look after these children in their own homes and, in many cases work towards reuniting them with their family or whānau. Where this isn’t possible, they may help them to prepare for a ‘home for life’ or for independence.

It takes time...
that's exactly what they needed
Listen to Robbie's story

Who are Key Assets,
and how do we see things differently?

Key Assets is a not for profit organisation which operates as a non-government specialist foster care provider. We provide care for children and young people with high and complex needs (for example cognitive or learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and experiences of trauma).

We put the needs of the child first. Our model allows us to be agile and responsive, creating solutions that provide the best kind of support for any given situation.

A team approach is adopted, working with our foster carers, Oranga Tamariki, other professionals and services and the whānau where possible to achieve the best results for the child being cared for.

We get behind our carers, giving them the support they need to prioritise and respond actively to the needs of the children in their care. (We recognize that our carers are the main agents of change, supporting children to achieve their goals and reach developmental milestones.)

By paying a higher allowance to our carers, we expect that they are more available, on a full-time basis, reducing the need to work outside of the home. Carers can then be active participants in the education and development of our young people.

Listen to Talei and Maggie's stories

Becoming a foster carer

Making a real difference to the lives of children is incredibly rewarding. But there are many things to consider before you start. It’s important to find out as much as you can beforehand.

Here are some considerations…

Foster carers come from all walks of life, just like the children they care for. We welcome foster carers of any gender, marital status or cultural identity. Our recruitment process is always fair and supportive.

  • You need to be over 25
  • You must have space and bedrooms for each child placed with you
  • You need to have a full drivers licence
  • You need to be a NZ citizen/ resident
  • You need to commit to fostering on a full-time basis
  • You must have genuine enthusiasm for helping children and young people
  • You need to be able to cope in difficult and sometimes stressful situations
  • You must be willing to learn about fostering
  • You will need to consent to full Police and MSD checks under the Vulnerable Children’s Act regulations.

  • Auckland and all surrounding areas
  • Hamilton and all surrounding areas
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Northland up to Hikurangi

We provide foster placements for children, young people and sibling groups of any age. Many have experienced some level of trauma, neglect or rejection.

Some may express their emotions and feelings through difficult behaviour. They may have tantrums, be withdrawn, aggressive, clingy or over-compliant. Other children may act older or younger than their years and find it difficult to develop trusting relationships with adults.

It will be challenging, but it can also be life changing and rewarding.

One thing that sets Key Assets apart is the level of support we provide to our carers. We want them to feel confident and well-equipped in their role. We believe that it’s key to a successful placement too.

  • Access to Key Assets on call Support Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Home visits, including a monthly formal coaching and supervision session, regular telephone contact and on-going support from a qualified and experienced Key Assets supervising social worker
  • Up to 14 nights of paid supportive respite
  • Financial support that values your skills as a foster carer and the costs of caring
  • Regular support group meetings with other foster carers
  • A comprehensive post-approval training programme
  • Organised social activities for you, your family and the young people in your care

Training is a vital element of our support. Relevant, quality training helps our foster carers feel confident, capable and supported, from the moment they’re approved and throughout their fostering career.

All our foster carers complete a mandatory pre-assessment training programme as well as on-going post-approval training. (All carers attend a trauma informed training program to support a therapeutic approach to caring for children.)

  • Child protection
  • Working with children who’ve been abused
  • Safe caring
  • Understanding attachment
  • Building resilience
  • Understanding and managing difficult behaviour
  • Managing and promoting contact
  • Developing identity and self-esteem
  • Tikanga Maori and Te Whare Tapa Wha
  • Understanding the impact of trauma
  • Record keeping
  • First aid/health and safety
  • Education of fostered children/young people
  • Empowering children/young people
  • Preparing young people for moving on and preparing for independence

You will receive a foster care allowance based on the needs of the child or young person in your care. For this program you will be paid an allowance of $580 – $620 per child, per week. There will be a varied rate for sibling groups, plus consideration of additional expenses.

This is a short term placement, during which a child or young person will be placed in your care for up to 21 days. Placements are required on an emergency basis and can occur any time of the day. For this programme, the allowance is paid on a retainer basis of $825 per week. For more information, please visit www.keyassets.co.nz/specialist-emergency-placements

When he first arrived he looked
like a little adult. Now I see a little boy.
Listen to Talei's story

Want to find out more?

See commonly asked questions on our main website.

Are you interested? Fill in the contact form below and we’ll get back to you within two working days.

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Phone us +64 9 263 5151
0800 525 437