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.
...the preferred care option because it maintains the child or young person’s existing connections to family, community, culture and country - especially in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. Care can be for different lengths of time.
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:
- Information sessions
(group and/or one-to-one)
- 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.
Statement of Commitment for South Australian Foster & Kinship Carers
The Statement sets out what Carers can expect from stakeholders, focusing on five key principles,
Partners will work together to support and value carers as an essential and respected part of the care team for children and young people in care.
Click here to view the Statement of Commitment document
“The simple act of caring is heroic.” (Edward Albert)