Open Home Foundation of New Zealand was established in 1977 by Ewen and Gillian Laurenson.  Following their difficult experience in running a Social Welfare family home, they began to develop a network of Christian Foster families as an alternative for children and young people placed in Department of Social Welfare care.

The work began in the Laurenson's Johnsonville home with a small group of supporters and within a short period of time, it began to develop in other parts of New Zealand.

In 1986, because of rapid growth, Open Home Foundation became a national organisation.

Both Ewen and Gillian were awarded the Queen's Service Medal for their service to Foster Care in New Zealand in 1995.

In 1991 Open Home Foundation was invited to begin a ministry in India. This led to the development of Open Home Foundation International (OHFI) run by Ewen and Gillian. In 2012 Michael Bravenboer became the Director OHFI. They currently work in partnership with people and organisations in India, Romania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and other countries. To find out more about the international work you can visit their website www.ohfint.co.nz

Open Home Foundation vision and mission

Our vision

Every child and young person growing up in a secure, loving family and receiving a depth of care which will bless them throughout their life

Our mission

  • Providing Quality
  • Child-Centred
  • Family-Focused
  • Christian Social Services

The Open Home Foundation of New Zealand is a Child and Family Support Service that works within the provisions of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989.

Open Home Foundation staff and volunteers are from a variety of Christian Church denominations. We respect the diversity of belief and ethnicity found within our nation.

We encourage children and parents to be proud of their family/whānau and cultural heritage. In particular, we have a commitment to work in a manner which is honouring to Māori, and reflects the Treaty of Waitangi. See Tupu Tahi.

Open Home Foundation's values and beliefs guide the way its staff and volunteers work supporting families, caring for children and promoting family wellbeing /whānau mauri ora. How we work.


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