What is Caregiving?
- Potential Caregivers
- Existing Caregivers
Fostering Kids: (previously known as the NZ Family & Foster Care federation).
Foster Care Associations
Recommended Reading


Do you want to feel better about Caregiving?
Want more Caregiving Skills?
Know more about what you are doing?
Learn what others have found useful?

The National Caregivers Training Programmes have a range of training courses available for Caregivers to attend. This is a joint venture between Child, Youth and Family (CYF) and Fostering Kids (formerly New Zealand Family and Fostercare Federation).

The workshops are free and open to anyone in New Zealand who is caring for someone else's child, as well as caregiver social workers and Non-Government Organisation (NGO) representatives.  This includes agency caregivers, respite carers, and family/whānau caregivers.

They now have 12 new learning opportunities workshops.  The workshops are designed to help caregivers in their role, building on the wonderful skills and knowledge they have.

The workshops are now delivered over one day, they are open and interactive, and our trainers draw on a wealth of knowledge to deliver sessions packed with helpful information and opportunities for caregivers to learn some new skills.


  • Child Development
  • Attachment and Resilience
  • Understanding and Managing Behaviour
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Safety and Prevention
  • Maltreatment and Family Violence
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Legal Issues
  • Team Work
  • Carer Families
  • Working with Adolescents
  • Advanced - mental health / disability needs
  • Advanced - self harm / suicidal behaviours
  • Advanced - harmful sexual behaviour
  • Strengthening Engagement
  • I care 2
  • First Aid
  • Brainwave Trust-Adolescence

Who to contact for bookings:

For help or any further information about the above courses, you can call CYF Monday to Friday, 8.30am through to 5.30pm.

Freephone: 0800 CARE OK (0800 227 305)

Alternatively call: 04 918 9436

Fax: 04 918 9294


National Caregiver Training Programme
Child, Youth and Family
PO Box 1556

Foster Parent Training

A one-year membership offers unlimited online
training including a Training Log and Training Certificates.

New Zealand foster parents are eligible for the 50% membership discount
offered to non-USA members. Enrolment may be paid online by Visa or
MasterCard. They will also accept payment by International Bank Cheque
payable in US dollars. 

Serwind Netzler, webmaster and owner of, welcomes
suggestions and input from New Zealand foster parents as to content that is
more applicable to New Zealand foster parenting.

Mr. Netzler is no stranger to New Zealand. His wife, Sherryl, is from the
Waikato in the North Island. They have two grown children, one of whom was
born in New Zealand, plus two former foster sons whom they adopted. The
Netzler's have worked as therapeutic foster parents for 17 years, in
residential treatment, institutional group homes, as well as their own home.


Foster Care and Adoptive Community:

Online Training
Although this is an American site, and there is a cost, the courses are not very expensive and they do have lots of very useful information.

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Compass Seminars is a training organisation that provides professional development opportunities for people who work with children and young people. Compass provides high quality training in the regional capitals of New Zealand taking nationally recognized trainers to these centre's three times a year.

They aim to provide a high quality training experience at a reasonable price. Many of their seminars are of particular relevance to foster carers with topics such as ‘Attachment Disorder, Childhood Trauma, Working with Challenging Youth and much more. They also have an extensive bookshop full of related titles that have been recommended by their trainers. You can view their national seminar schedule (and bookshop) online at

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Te Kaiawhinia Ahumahi
The Industry Training Organisation for the Social Services:

Note the National Certificate in Whanau/Family and Foster Care (level 4), and also the diploma (level 6) of the same name with an optional strand in Caregiving for Young People

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