Children we foster

We specialise in providing foster placements for children, young people and sibling groups of any age. Many of the foster children have high and complex needs and, as a result challenging behaviours, or because of a disability.

There are many reasons why foster children require care, many have experienced some level of trauma, neglect or rejection.

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 They may have tantrums, be withdrawn, aggressive, clingy or over-compliant.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

We look for very special people to provide foster care for children and young people currently in need of a safe, secure and welcoming home.

Key Assets is a not-for-profit fostering agency providing quality foster care in a family setting.  We place children who have often had a difficult start in life, for example, they may have been diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) or depression and subsequently have difficulty managing their behaviour.

Because of early childhood trauma, the children we care for may also have learning or social challenges that create barriers in their education and school environment.

We find placements for children like Danny and Rebecca.  Please note: these are case examples only and are not actual children.

Danny

Danny is 11 years old, has had a difficult start in life and is diagnosed with FASD. He enjoys school and fishing and loves to play with his lego. Danny has some challenges in managing his behaviour but with support from his social work team he is learning skills and making great progress. His current workers describe him as a delight.

Danny has a good relationship with his Mum and step-dad and there is regular positive contact however Danny will not be able to live with them full-time in the foreseeable future.

Danny will need to be the youngest child in the household however families with older resilient teens could be just what Danny needs.

Foster carers for a child like Danny would ideally:

  • Have experience as foster carers, preferably having previously worked with children with high and complex needs
  • Feel comfortable working with intellectual disabilities and be able to provide routine and boundaries as well as patient manner
  • Be able to recognise and respond appropriately to difficult behaviours
  • Provide transportation to and from appointments
  • Be able to engage Danny in meaningful activities and assist with learning and development needs
  • Work within a team of professionals including social workers, support people, therapists and whanau

Rebecca

Rebecca is 13 years old, has had a difficult start in life and has a diagnosis of depression. She enjoys swimming, basketball, volleyball and loves to participate in Cook Island/Hip hop dancing. Rebecca has some challenges in managing her behaviour but with support from her social work team she is learning skills and making great progress. Her current worker describes her as a very caring and compassionate person and likes to ensure people are been cared for.

Rebecca has a good relationship with her Aunty and there is regular positive contact however Rebecca will not be able to live there full-time in the foreseeable future.

Rebecca will need to be the youngest child in the household however families with older resilient teens could be just what Rebecca needs.

Foster carers for a young person like Rebecca would ideally:

  • Be experienced in fostering and preferably have previously worked with children with high and complex needs
  • Feel comfortable working with foster children who have experienced childhood adversity and should be able to provide routine and predictability, clear boundaries as well as a calm warm and patient manner
  • Be able to recognise and respond appropriately to difficult and challenging behaviours
  • Provide transportation to and from appointments
  • Be able to engage Rebecca in meaningful activities and assist with learning and development needs
  • Work within a team of professionals including social workers, support people, therapists, whanau with the support of your own social worker

Foster a child with Key Assets

If you’d like to find out more about children we foster and becoming a foster carer call 09 263 5151 or enquire online and we’ll get back to you.

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