Children, Family and Whānau

We believe that all children should enjoy the same opportunities to participate, thrive and be loved. In practical terms this means supporting you as parents or caregivers to realise the dreams and aspirations you have for your child. For kids, it's about getting alongside them to realise their vision for themselves.

To work towards this vision we offer a range of specific services and supports for children and their family and whānau.

Supported Lifestyles

Supported Lifestyles is a flexible service that is created around your child's and your family's needs and aspirations. The aim is to free you up so you can focus on the joys that being a parent can bring.

This work can include:

  • Access to good information.
  • Connecting you with your community and services you may need.
  • Supporting you to plan and explore different options or goals.
  • Providing independent support and advocacy to navigate challenges or barriers.

Working with families to have a break, formerly known as respite care, is another common area where we can assit within Supported Lifestyles.

Our Auckland-based respite options focus on building community-based options for families This means we can offer more flexible and personalised support in a way that matches the experience of living in a family home as closely as possible.

This involves:

  • Supporting you to grow your extended whānau and community networks for caregiving options.
  • Arranging any modifications needed to a caregivers’ home.
  • Recruiting, vetting and providing support and training to a dedicated pool of caregivers.

In Northland, in addition to our community-based respite options, CCS Disability Action manages Sands Road, the only formal respite house in Northland. This gives children and young people a place for an enriching experience while parents and caregivers can take a break.

Find out more:

Download a copy of the Supported Lifestyles brochure here (PDF 1.1MB).

Download an Easy Read translation of our Supported Lifestyles brochure here (Word doc 1.7MG).

Download a word version of our Supported Lifestyles brochure here (Word doc 31kb).

Early Intervention (Auckland-region only)

Our Early Intervention services involves providing holistic support services to families and children with additional education needs from the time they are born until they are settled in at school.

The aim of the Early Intervention service is to enable families and children to grow and develop in all areas of their lives. This means we work with you in your family home, at your child’s early childhood centre and at school during the transition process.

Find out more:

Download a copy of our Early Intervention brochure here (PDF 1.4MB).

Download an Easy Read translation of our Early Intervention brochure here (PDF 686kb).

Download a word version of our Early Intervention brochure here (Word doc 22kb).

Ministry of Health Intensive Wraparound

Our Ministry of Health Intensive Wraparound service involves creating a range of flexible and tailored supports for children and young people who require a high level of support. The service supports children and young people between the ages of 0 – 21 who are at risk of entering residential care.

Our role is to give you the practical support you need to ensure their child is given a chance to live in a home or homelike environment.

Download a copy of our Ministry of Health Intensive Wraparound brochure here (PDF 743kb).

Download an Easy Read translation of our Ministry of Health Intensive Wraparound brochure here (PDF 1.1MB).

Download a word version of our Ministry of Health Intensive Wraparound brochure here (Word doc 22kb).

Individualised Funding

Individualised Funding (IF) is a new way of paying for disability support that gives people greater choice and control over Ministry of Health funding. It enables you to create your child's own plan, choose who provides your support and employ and manage your own staff. Our role can include:

  • Planning for how to use your funding to achieve the life you'd like for your child.
  • Exploring opportunities for your child to get involved in the community.
  • Provide advice and support to assist you to work though barriers.
  • Assisting you to recruit good staff and be a responsible employer.
  • Administrative support with your budget.

Download a copy of our IF brochure here (PDF 1.3MB).

Download an English/Te Reo IF brochure here (PDF 1.6MB)

Download an Easy Read translation of our IF brochure here (Word doc 4.4MB).

Download a word version of our IF brochure here (Word doc 37kb).

Care and Protection

We deliver Care and Protection services to Child Youth and Family to coordinate the support for children and young people with disabilities between 0 – 18 who are under their care.

This sees us provide family-based foster care and intensive service coordination for children and young people who are in need of a safe place either for a short or long term.

This involves:

  • Recruiting, vetting and providing support and training to a dedicated pool of caregivers.
  • Arranging any modifications needed to the caregivers’ home.
  • Co-ordinating and advocating for any additional support required to meet their emotional and physical needs.
  • Working alongside family and whānau who need support to care for their child.