Tēnā koe / koutou hoki. We, Te Whare Kauapa Āwhina greet you one and all. Here you can find information about all the different services OHF offers. Our goal is to work with whānau to promote whānau mauri ora.

You can contact Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki (MVCOT) or your NASC to find out if a refeeral to one of our services is appropriate for your whānau


Services home-page1He mahi tauwhiro/social work

Our social worker works alongside whānau to see what is working well and what they are worried about. Together they work to ensure the safety of the tamariki and develop a plan that will support whānau to mobilise their strengths and achieve their goals. Read more about our social work service. Read more about Te Aho Takitoru our Māori social work framework that whānau can use to help make decisions about what they want to see change for a brighter future.


Services home-page-2Whāngaitia te Tamaiti / Kin and foster care

Sometimes it becomes necessary for tamariki to be placed in alternative care (kinship or foster care). Wherever possible this care is provided by the extended whānau of the tamariki . If there is no whānau placement available, the social worker will work with whanau to find the best available foster parents for tamariki. Read more...


Services home-page-3OASIS Respite Care

In some areas Open Home Foundation provides Autism Spectrum Disorder/Intellectual disability respite services to support whānau to continue the primary care of their tamariki with special needs. Oasis Services are located in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and Hawke's Bay and includes a central residence in each location with house parents and support staff. We have an Oasis service in Wellington based on individual foster parent(s) homes Read more...


Services home-page-4Intensive Wraparound Support

In some areas Open Home Foundation can provide Intensive individualised wraparound support to whānau who are caring for tamariki or rangatahi who have high needs. To access this support whānau must first be referred to OHF by the NASC (Needs Assessment and Service Coordination) . Read more...


weaving-dayManaaki Whānau

Manaaki Whānau is a service providing Kaitiaki a Whānau or social work support to MVCOT Caregivers and Whānau Carers to facilitate and prevent placement breakdown. This service is designed to provide Kaupapa Māori support to Caregivers and Whānau Carers. The service is delivered in a way that recognises and values the culture of the Caregivers and Whānau Carers, using the Te Whare Kaupapa Awhina Māori framework Te Aho Takitoru to support whānau mauri ora.