Become a foster caregiver with Iosis and transform lives
Fostering children or young people can be challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. It could change their lives for good – and yours.
Who makes a great foster caregiver?
Are you a warm, caring individual, couple or family who sincerely want to make a difference in the life of a child or young person? Can you offer them a safe, stable and nurturing environment? Then you’d make a great foster caregiver!
Nonnie and Tomo started fostering as respite carers. Four nights caring turned into weeks, then months and years. Now they’ve been appointed their child’s ‘home for life’. “Gemma* is not the same child who came through our door”, says Nonnie. “I’m proud that she’s now this very confident child. That’s what you wish for. And that’s why we’re still doing it.”
*name changed to protect identity.
It doesn’t matter:
- What your ethnic group or culture
- Where you live in Auckland
- Whether you own or rent your home
- Whether you have children of your own
- What your age – single in your 20’s or retired in your 60’s
Why become an Iosis foster caregiver?
Because the need has never been greater.
Right now, we have to turn away at least eight children every week, because we don’t have enough foster caregivers. The more caring people who join us, the more children we can help.
Because we’re behind you all the way.
Iosis has been providing care to children for over 100 years. We’ll fully train you and help you through every step of your fostering journey – and we’re on call 24/7.
“Fostering a child is so important. Every day you can see the difference you’re making.”
Nonnie & Tomo
Keen to give it a go? Here’s how it works
- You register your interest (obligation-free)
- You’ll receive an email, followed by a call from Sophia Misipati at Iosis to complete a phone interview
- If you’re keen to proceed, we’ll assess you, including medical and personal referee checks
- You undertake our caregiver training before you become a foster caregiver
- We put support in place for you, including the opportunity to meet with other Iosis foster caregivers.
- We’ll organise your first placement
- You provide a warm, loving home for that child or young person
- We’ll provide on-going training and support as needed
How long do children usually stay?
It can vary from just a few days to weeks, months or even years. The placement period is affected by many factors such as the family situation, the court system and other agencies such as Oranga Tamaraki.
What things do I need to provide?
The key thing is to provide a caring, nurturing and stable environment. You’ll need to provide all the things you would normally expect to for a child – meals, a bedroom (their own or shared), transport to and from school, nappies and formula if they’re babies – we’ll talk that through with you in more detail.
Will I get paid?
Reimbursement (payment) rates depend on the age of the child in your care. As of April 2017, this ranges between $182 to $260 per child, per week. Extra expenses such as medical expenses and special dietary requirements can be claimed separately after discussion with Iosis.
Will I have to contact the child’s family and will my details be shared with them?
No, you’re not expected to contact the family at any time. We manage the liaison with the child’s family and we ensure your contact details are not shared.
Will I have to communicate directly with child welfare agencies?
No, in fact, this is actively discouraged. All communication relating to the children in your care will come through Iosis.
What if I need a break?
Providing a stable, consistent environment is really important for the wellbeing of the child or children in your care. However, we realise there may be times when you need a break, so if you do, please contact us about using our respite service.
What kind of behaviour can I expect from children I’m fostering?
Iosis is a low-to-medium needs provider, which means we don’t take placements for children who are considered to have high-risk behaviours. However, most children who need foster care have usually been affected by some trauma, which can lead to behavioural issues. We can talk this through in more detail during caregiver training.