support meetings for dads and fathers

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 visitation for parents and children

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.

dads refuge

*Service currently unavailable

Unfortunately due to funding limitations this service is currently unavailable. Please register your interest to be notified when this service resumes.

DadzRefuge provides safe and supported accommodation for fathers, with or without their children. Fathers can stay in the refuge for up to 3 months provided they are working with agencies who can help them to improve their situation. This may be a social worker, budget advice, Housing NZ, or the father might be doing a course to improve life skills or looking for employment. 

The refuge is open to:

  • Men who are victims of domestic violence situations
  • Fathers who through no fault of their own find themselves without accommodation
  • Fathers from out of town that need a place to stay while visiting their children in Tauranga
  • Men who have PSOs served on them

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