We chose to care...
"
because we could and
because we couldn't sit
back and not help"

Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers - SA Inc (CF&KC-SA) is the peak body for foster and kinship carers (Carers) in South Australia.

CF&KC-SA aims to improve the lives of children and young people in care through provision of services valuing and supporting Carer families to sustain strong and positive relationships.

SA STATE ELECTION COMMITMENTS - RESPONSES

We recently wrote to six parties seeking their support for 8 commitments ahead of the upcoming South Australian state election. Each of the 8 commitments is aimed at improving the child protection system for foster and kinship carer families, reducing the over-reliance (and enormous expense) of residential and commercial care options – and most importantly, improving outcomes for children and young people to ensure they have the best possible chance at reaching their full potential. Click here to view the responses to the Election Commitments.

 

PEER SUPPORT - CARERS SUPPORTING CARERS 

Visit the Peer Support Network page to find out more about our experienced Carer volunteers who are available to have a chat and offer their experience on a range of issues relevant to caring for children and young people in the context of the child protection system - and caring for themselves too!

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CF&KC-SA offers opportunities for Carers to:

  • Connect with other Carers;
  • Receive information about caring;
  • Access help and advocate for change; and
  • Discuss issues and receive support from a peer – someone who understands and can share caring experiences.

Latest figures for South Australia

Number of children and young people in foster care in South Australia

(30 June 2017):

1,344

Source: Department for Child Protection

Number of children and young people in kinship care in South Australia

(30 June 2017):

1,548

Source: Department for Child Protection

Percentage of children and young people living with foster care families

(30 June 2016):

38.8

Source: Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People

Percentage of children and young people living with kinship care families

(30 June 2016):

45.2

Source: Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People

"The support I have received from CF&KC-SA has been so helpful -- it's given me the confidence to continue caring." (Carer)