Mana Whānau is a six-month programme run by Lifewise to support families/whānau to stay together. We work in partnership with parents who are under stress, offering practical support.

Mana Whānau is Lifewise’s In Home Intensive Parenting Support Programme. With this programme, a whānau worker will give you support in your home and community.

What does Mana Whānau offer?

The Mana Whānau programme is:

Voluntary – referrals to the programme are made by Oranga Tamariki, but only with the agreement of the family.

Led by you – we support you to work on your family goals and priorities.

Flexible – to meet your family’s needs and routines.

Focused – helping you reduce stresses in your life first so you can then focus on building the skills you need.

Intensive – we will be there at the times of the day when you need us most. That can be up to 9 hours a day initially. We’ll gradually reduce this to a few hours per week by the end of the six-month period.

“I wanted to be their Mum but I needed help to be a better Mum. Everything I am doing is for them, to make their lives better. I want my kids to have better lives.

“She doesn’t feel like a social worker, she feels like my aunty.

What does Mana Whānau offer?

  • Practical ways to reduce, manage or remove the things that are causing
    the big stresses in your life.
  • Guidance for starting household routines that work for your family.
  • Advocacy, support and liaison with other agencies, schools etc.
  • Support to build your confidence and parenting skills.
  • Help to create great networks in the community.
  • Encouragement to keep focusing on your goals.

“I felt overwhelmed. It was really intense. But it’s like they are walking beside me saying ‘you can do this

Family playing on a playground

Who’s Mana Whānau for?

The Mana Whānau programme is for:

Families/whānau who are at risk of having their children removed from their care by Oranga Tamariki.

Families/whānau who need support to have their children return home from foster care.

Referrals to the programme can only be made through Oranga Tamariki.

Click here to download a PDF of the Mana Whānau handout.

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