There are no other New Zealand services for adult Care Leavers provided either by the New Zealand Government or the agencies in New Zealand, which ran Homes in the past.
Netta Christian, from Hamilton, who started the CLAN New Zealand group, was made a State Ward at six months old and placed in Foster Care with her brother, who was a year older. Netta experienced physical, psychological and sexual abuse while in Foster Care. Netta has since written a book about her traumatic childhood, which was published in 2014 “Stolen Lives – a NZ Foster Child’s Story from the ‘40s and ‘50s”
CLAN NZ works for justice and Redress for New Zealand Care Leavers and can offer information, understanding, emotional support, networking and friendship. We support anyone who grew up in a Home, Foster Home or Institutionalised 'Care', regardless of their background or their heritage. We hold informal meetings and social get-togethers every couple of months, where you can talk to others who have had similar experiences or just enjoy each other's company.
We all receive bi-monthly 'Clanicle' newsletters via email, with current information regarding Royal Commissions, Redress, Justice and other Care Leaver issues from both Australia and New Zealand. Also details of upcoming social get-togethers. All Clannies are welcome to contribute their personal stories to the Clanicle or advertise at no cost to help locate lost family members, or people they remember from their home or orphanage that they would like to re-connect with. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Contact Details for CLAN NZ:
Phone: 022 1918 713