The training and support we offer is for individuals who parent tamariki and rangatahi not born to them. It focuses on relationship difficulties children in care may experience including insecure attachments, trauma, loss, family violence, and/or separation. In our training, we pay special attention to the parenting attitude of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, and Empathy), and we give caregivers the ability to understand, without judging, the internal experience of the tamaiti. The emphasis is on maintaining connection with the tamariki and rangatahi while also providing structure, supervision, and discipline to support behaviour.
Caring Families Aotearoa’s framework of practice is healing centred and trauma informed, and utilises the relational/attachment model. This framework is informed by Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP), developed by Dan Hughes (2009, 2011).
We deliver a range of online and face-to-face trainings during the school term during the day, in the evening, and on the weekend.
All caregivers who receive their allowance from Oranga Tamariki, Work and Income, or do not receive a care allowance, are funded by Oranga Tamariki to attend trainings. All you need to do is register for the training – it is free. If you are a caregiver through another care agency, you are still able to access our training. Please discuss your training needs with your agency, as they will need to pay for your attendance. We welcome working in partnership with other agencies to meet the needs of their caregivers.