Caring for someone

Support and training

There's support and training available to foster carers, so you know what to do, and who to talk to when you need help. As we develop over the coming years, the amount of support and training we offer will grow.

The National Caregiver Training Programme

The National Caregiver Training Programme is a partnership between Oranga Tamariki and Fostering Kids. It gives caregivers the opportunity to learn and develop skills, and includes workshops, discussion sheets and online modules. 

In the table below you'll find the suite of resources which relate to each topic.

View the workshop schedule and register

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Discussion sheets

Online modules

Building secure attachments

This will help you to create healthy attachments to the tamariki in your care, and build resilience to any difficulties you might face.

Attachment types Attachment and resilience

Child development

This workshop looks at milestones in childhood, and how you can help the tamariki in your care develop into healthy, happy adults.

Stages of brain development

Windows of opportunity

Development milestones 0-5 years

Development milestones 6-13 years

Development milestones 14-18 years

 Child Development

Understanding and supporting behaviour

This workshop helps you learn how to manage the behaviour of the children in your care more effectively.

Parenting styles

Living or working with traumatised children

Understanding and supporting behaviour

Carer families

This workshop looks at the personal skills you have as a carer, how being a carer can impact the rest of your whānau, and what you can do to make it all work.


Impact on caregiver families  

Health and wellbeing

This workshop offers you tips on how to provide a healthy diet and how to address personal hygiene and wellbeing.  It also looks at mental health issues for our tamariki, and where to get help if you need it.

Healthy eating  

Identity and belonging

This workshop looks at the huge changes our tamariki face when they're placed in your care. This includes how grief and loss affects them, their whānau, and you and your whānau. We explore ways to support them as they maintain their cultural connections, and how to say good-bye when it's time for them to leave your care.

Coping with grief and loss  

Legal issues

This workshop explains the law based on the type of care you provide, including permanent care. We also look at custody, guardianship and what’s involved when granting family and whānau access to the tamariki in your care.

Access and contact

Custody and guardianship

Securing permanency


Securing permanency

Understanding Family Group Conferences

Leaving care


Understanding maltreatment

This workshop looks at types of child abuse and neglect, and the effect they have on our children, as well as ways to help them heal and break the cycle. 

Mokopuna disclosing abuse

What is maltreatment


Safety and prevention

This workshop looks at which situations may be 'risky', and offers new ways to help you handle them.

Keeping kids safe

Safe sleeping for babies

Keeping you and your family safe



This workshop looks at the caregiving team you're in, your role within it, and how you can become an even better communicator


Life story books


Working with adolescents

This workshop looks at the many changes that occur as our children develop into young adults. We look at how trauma can affect their behaviour, development and wellbeing, and ways you can help them deal with it


Achieving independence  

View the schedule for the workshops above and register