National Conference 2021

Registrations are now open.  Don't miss out on your chance to attend New Zealand's only Conference for care families and whānau who open their homes and hearts to tamariki in need of care and protection.

Keeping PACE, carries on from our 2019 Conference where we set the PACE, with a wide range of national and international speakers. A parenting attitude of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) gives caregivers the ability to understand without judging the internal experience of the tamaiti (child). 

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Ph.D. Daniel Hughes

Ph.D. Daniel Hughes

Dan Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a limited practice in South Portland, Maine.  He founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and who demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma.

 Jo  Robertson

Jo Robertson

Porn is now a primary form of sex education for many young people – shaping youth sexual culture in new and diverse ways. This presentation will give an evidence based overview of the new porn landscape for young people including porn content, trends, youth consumption and how porn can impact young people’s sexual ...

Dr Joe Tucci

Dr Joe Tucci

Dr Joe Tucci is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Childhood Foundation. Joe is a registered psychologist and social worker and author with significant experience in child protection and working therapeutically with children. He has worked in the field of child abuse and childhood trauma for the past 30 yea...

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Lower Hutt Event Centre

30 Laings Road Lower Hutt , Wellington, 5010, New Zealand

Lower Hutt Event Centre is located in the heart of Lower Hutt CBD with close proximity to local cafes, supermarkets and about 2 minutes' walk from Queensgate Shopping Centre - Lower North Island's largest mall.  

Feedback from 2019

"As usual, a most wonderfully enjoyable time. Workshops, key note speakers, networking and catching up with ‘old friends’."

"I leave this conference with a confidence boost and desire to do better by learning more."

"Fantastic, awesome, amazing I feel energized, charged, ready to get back in and begin spreading the things learned fantastic venue."

"Fantastic conference! I feel very grateful to have been part of such an inspiring, high quality conference. The passion and aroha in helping children is evident. A lovely group and great couple of days- thank you!"

"This was my first Caring Families Aotearoa conference. It was an amazing experience- so positive, professional, caring. Great speakers and workshops. Thank you. It was uplifting, affirming and inspiring."