Weekly support meetings
This weekly support group helps dads who are feeling the strain emotionally or financially; are suffering from the loss of a relationship; feel depressed; are worried about losing their children; or believe it’s just too hard to stay involved. We also run monthly workshops on various topics such as child support, budget advice, and internet safety.
DadzKare weekly support meetings address these issues. Participants get peer support from others who have been through the same experiences. DadzKare meetings are run by a trained volunteer of Kidz Need Dadz and the group gives information and provides support for anyone who needs it.
Supervised parent/child visitations
KidzKare arranges supervised visits between parents and their kids. The main focus is to keep everyone – both children and adults – safe during the visits.
Before the visits start, we organise an assessment meeting with the adults involved. During this meeting, the custodial and non-custodial parents sign a contract to say they will at all times abide by the KidzKare rules and policies.
The contract outlines KidzKare’s rules and boundaries, which both parents must agree to. This covers things like the need for adults to remain within the supervisor’s sight and hearing at all times, and a ban on any verbal or physical violence.
There is a staggered drop-off for the visits, which means the custodial and non-custodial parents do not see each other. This removes any tension that might arise between the parents, and ensures the focus stays on what’s best for the children.
KidzKare is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services and has Ministry of Social Development approval level 2. All KidzKare supervisors are vetted by the police, hold first aid certificates and receive regular training. KidzKare is a preferred provider for supervised visits for the Ministry of Justice and Oranga Tamariki.