Types of caregiving

There are lots of ways you can help care for tamariki who need it. Our caregivers are made up of both family, whānau and non-kin caregivers, and they all provide a range of care options for tamariki.

Emergency care

This happens when a young person or child is placed in your care at very short notice due to immediate and serious concerns for their safety. Emergency care is for a short time while other arrangements are made.

Respite care

This is when you look after a child for a weekend or a short period of time to give the child or young person's parents or caregivers a break.

Find out more about becoming a respite caregiver


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Transitional care

This is when we’re working with a child’s family and deciding what the plan is for the child or young person. During this time you might be asked to care for them for up to six months. 

Family Home care

This is when two adult caregivers care for up to six children or young people in a home environment. The home is owned by us, and children move in and out of the home depending on what’s happening for them.

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Permanent care

This happens when a decision is made by the Family Court that a child cannot be cared for by their own family. Permanent care, which has previously been known as Home for Life, involves a legal process to enable you to be a child’s permanent caregiver. 


We work with birthparents who may be considering placing their child for adoption, and families wanting to adopt a child. We encourage an ongoing connection with the child’s birth family and their culture.

Find out more about adoption

Published: March 13, 2017 · Updated: November 17, 2020