CREATING IMPORTANT CONNECTIONS

The purpose of Family Liaison is connecting whanau, centre and when needed community supports so that when there are barriers to their child’s attendance or  if you need help or feel a little embarassed/shy about what you are experiencing we are there as your support.  

If you are looking for inspiration or need a little help getting back on track your family liaison and centre manager have great experience with mentoring so ask and they can direct you to the best support for you or find someone out in our community – regardless how silly you think your question maybe we will help if we can.

 

CENTRE FAMILY LIASON

Each centre is now enjoying their own centre based family liaison so don’t be shy, go introduce yourself to them and check out what exciting events they have planned on the centre calendars.

As centre family liaison we can also help you out in many ways for advocacy support or referral into community agencies like:

   •   Family Start

   •   Family or Child Counselling/Child Play Therapy

   •   Cultural Parent/Family supports

   •   Budgeting

   •   WINZ 

   •   Oranga Tamariki FGC and Whanau Hui

 

SETTLING IN SUPPORTS WITH FAMILY LIAISON

And for our new whanau settling in we have lots of activities to help you to settle in with your child and support you.  We will make contact with you through the first 12 weeks of your child starting and longer if you need it.    

 

ENGAGING PRIORITY FAMILIES SUPPORTS

If your child is over 3 years AND hasn’t been in early learning our family liaison will also help you with settling in and help overcome any barriers so you are included in your child’s new learning journey.  We will also do a fun interactive assessment called the Early Learning Plan which we revise monthly with you and invite you to our morning teas and whanau events and make sure that we are there supporting you right through until your child has settled into primary school – that’s right we are here to enjoy you and your child’s learning adventures and make sure you join in with the fun too!

 

Ki Ora, Fakaalofa Atu, Hi Ya

Greetings on behalf of my whanau connections from my english mother, my waikato father, my children’s whanau from Tiki Tiki (Ngati Parou) and Waikato (Tainui) as well as Alofi, Niue – my partner’s village.  I grew up between Owairaka in Auckland central and Rosehill, Papakura and have lived most my life in Papakura with stints in Opotiki, Meremere, Waiouru and Pukekohe.  

I now have three awesome adult children, four moko and an amazing extended whanau who support each other.  Life has taught me many lessons but most important is that it doesn’t matter what you have but who you are, your whakapapa, your connections, your heart and purpose towards the better future for not only your only whanau but those around in your community whom share your world especially our beautiful innocent children with pure potential that we are entrusted with together.

It is the combination of my life experience in community, government and working/training as a solo mother/beneficiary as well as the past five years with Kids Count and listening to our families dreams and challenges that has helped our family liaison services to evolve to wrap supports around the real challenges and needs of our whanau. 

Inline with our philosophy that every child has the right to reach their full potential I believe that as family liaison our centre’s need our parents to have support to engage in positive and realistic activities and feel they are part of the Kids Count whanau to truly engage with us.  I have been truly blessed to find many new friends and ‘sisters of the heart’ within our whanau and community in this time and look forward to meeting you too. 

 

Leanne Martin-Hopkins
BSW Bi-Cultural Social Work/Nga Poutoko Whakarara Oranga
Kids Count EPF Co-ordinator and Senior Family Liaison