Lynda Parata – 16/6/1962 – 11/12/2014
Kei roto i te ngākau nui o Te Whare Kaupapa Awhina mō ake tonu atu – Forever remembered within the heart of Open Home Foundation.
Assessment & Approval to Provide care
Open Home Foundation is committed to children and young people receiving excellent out of home care. To this end you will need to go through an assessment, training and approval process before being accepted as a Foster parent. You will need to give information about yourselves in an application form and go through an assessment and approval process including:
• Police check (including boarders and other adults over 17 in the home).
• A medical record check.
• A Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki (MVCOT) record clearance.
• Reference checking.
• A home safety check.
You will receive Foster Parent Training
Foster parent training begins with 18 hours of induction training. Attendance at this course is compulsory even for a foster parent that will not be the primary carer e.g. as a foster father. Foster fathers have a very important part to play as role models for children coming into care.
The Initial Foster Parent Training includes:
• Knowledge and skills to provide high quality care
• Concepts and ideas in regard to fostering children/young people
• Open Home Foundation policies and processes
• First aid techniques for children
Foster Parent relationships with the natural family/whānau
Foster parents need to remember that children and young people who are placed in care have their own natural family/whānau. The relationship between the child and their family remains very significant no matter what the circumstances are that has required the child to come into care.
The Open Home Foundation encourages and supports this contact. Our social workers will work with you and the child’s natural family to make sure the child maintains the positive relationships with their natural family members through planned and where necessary supervised contact visits. Our experience and professional research shows that the stronger the links between the foster family/whānau, the child in care and the natural family/whānau, the better the chance of good outcomes for children.