About Foster & Kinship Care

Foster care is …

a way of providing a safe and secure home for a child or young person who cannot live with their own parents. Foster carer families open their hearts and homes to children and young people, generally without any prior connection. Care can be for different lengths of time.

Kinship care is …

a way of providing a safe and secure home for a child or young person who cannot live with their own parents. Kinship carer families open their hearts and homes to children and young people who are related through family or have an existing relationship with the family or community.

Kinship care is the preferred care option because it maintains the child or young person’s existing connections. Care can be for different lengths of time.

Types of foster care

  • Emergency care
  • Short-term care
  • Long-term care
  • Respite care
  • Specialist care

Please refer to the Child Protection website for more information.

Types of kinship care

  • Kinship care
  • Specific-Child Only

Support for foster carers

Support agencies deliver services to foster carers – supporting them to provide safe and appropriate placements for children and young people in care.

Support agency services include:

  • Recruitment
  • Assessment
  • Training
  • Support and supervision (including 24-hour emergency support)
  • Regular phone calls and home visits
  • Events and opportunities to connect with other foster carers

Visit the Child Protection website to see how the support agencies operate across various regions in SA and the particular types of foster care they support.

Support for kinship carers

Kinship carers are supported through the kinship care program managed by DCP.

Visit the Child Protection website to learn more about the support agency offering respite care for all ages of children and young people who live with kinship carers.

Foster carers charter

The foster carers charter was developed by the Department for Child Protection, in collaboration with relative, kinship and foster carers in South Australia, Connecting Foster Carers – SA Inc, and alternative care service provider agencies.

The charter asserts that carers are key partners within care teams and as such have the right to be treated with respect, be valued and receive adequate support.

The state government has endorsed this charter as a statement of their strong commitment to every foster, relative and kinship carer in South Australia who provide day to day care for children separated from their biological parents on an occasional, temporary or permanent basis.

“The simple act of caring is heroic.” (Edward Albert)