Foster Care provides support for carers in eastern regional South Australia to open their hearts and homes to young people in need of home-based care.

Foster carers can provide different types of care depending on their availability and personal circumstances.

These include Respite Care of children occasionally or periodically for a weekend or as a short break, Emergency Care, Short-term Care and Long-term Care when it is unlikely a child will return to their biological family home.

If you think you could help and would like to have a chat about what foster care involves, one of our friendly Foster Care team will be happy to answer your questions and have an initial chat over the phone.

  • Murray Mallee, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula - 8531 4900
  • Limestone Coast - 8724 5400
  • Riverland - 8580 5300

If it is after office hours or you would prefer to email us, please fill in the form below with your contact phone number and we will call you back to have a chat and answer your questions or email

You can also register for one of our upcoming online foster care information sessions at the following link: REGISTER HERE

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What is foster care?

An opportunity for children and young people, who can no longer live at home with their parents or families, to live in a safe, nuturing and stable environment.

The importance of a family in a child's life can not be overstated. A safe, secure and caring home environment is the fundamental right of every child.

When family diffculties arise, every effort is made by government and agencies to support and maintain a child within their biological family. There are, however, times when remaining with
their biological family places the child at risk of emotional and/or physical harm. It is then that out of home care becomes necessary.

Out of home care, also known as foster care, is the support and guidance of a child, children and adolescents in a caring family environment. Each caregiver is trained and approved to offer foster care. This form of care is provided for all ages from infancy to 18 years.

Foster care is necessary when a child or adolescent needs protection from abuse or neglect within their own home or surroundings.

Great care is taken to ensure an appropriate match of child to family. Each child has different needs and every family has something different to offer. When a decision to place a child is
made, the social workers, carers, child and family (if possible) get together to discuss and agree upon a plan for everyone involved. This is to give the maximum opportunity for a successful

The child or adolescent is represented and supported by a Department for Child Protection (DCP) case manager who may be involved in helping the child’s biological family to overcome difficult circumstances.

Foster carers are supported by

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If you would prefer to email us, please fill in the form below with your contact phone number so we can call you back to have a chat and answer your questions