This website is no longer maintained. I have left the site available
as it may still help fosterparents/caregivers in their journey of caring for
someone else's child/young person on a full time basis.
Welcome to my website about foster care and kinship/whanau care.
My name is Allysa, and I work as an Information Officer for two of my local Citizens
Advice Bureau (CAB). The rest of my time is spent being an 'At Home Mother' to our four
children. We have also been kinship
carers to my younger brother, who has now moved on to his next stage, of being a young
My husband and I have been Caregivers now for many years, with lots of children having
been through our home some long term and some just staying for a few nights.
Throughout the years, I have found there to be a distinct lack of information available,
for us Caregivers. Being a Foster Parent/Caregiver takes up so much time, that often we
put aside the need to find out the correct information that may be required at any
This, I hope, will be where this web site may be of help. This site is here to help you
with your important journey as a Foster Parent. It will not have all the answers, but
hopefully will help you to know that, as a Caregiver you are not alone in this journey.
Caregiving is a challenging, but very rewarding job, and we need as much support as
This web site is New Zealand based. Although in saying this, some of the links may be from
other countries. On searching the NET, I have found that it doesnt matter where in
the world you are Fostering we all seem to have the same issues.
Feel free to browse around this site. I certainly hope that you will find something that
will help you in your role as a Foster Parent/Caregiver.
It should be noted that by 'Caregivers' this site is referring to
adults who care for 'at risk' children that are NOT their own on a full
time 24/7 basis, usually within a caregiver's own home or in a
residential setting. Caregivers referred to could be foster
parents, grandparent carers, guardianship carers, kinship/whanau carers,
respite or emergency caregivers.
If you have any feedback then please feel free to send
me an email.
Yours in Fostering