Identification cards for carers and guardians
Carer ID cards are automatically issued on a monthly basis by the Department for Child Protection to all new fully registered carers who were approved within that month.
Cards are re-issued to registered carers every three years.
Types of identification cards
There are three types of identification card:
Foster and kinship carer ID card
The foster and kinship carer identification card is used to verify your status as a carer and to clarify your relationship to the children or young people in your care.
Some carers will hold both an Other Person Guardianship (OPG) ID card and a foster and kinship carer ID card, as they may have OPG of a child in their care and still be a foster or kinship carer to other children who are under Guardianship of the Minister.
Verification of child in care card
The verification of child in care card contains important information about the child or young person in care, such as:
- type of order
- expiry date of the order
- Medicare and health care card number (if known).
Your child's case worker will provide you with one completed card, signed by the Department for Child Protection office supervisor, for each child or young person placed in your care.
If you need a verification of a child in care card for the young person in your care, contact the child’s caseworker.
Other Person Guardianship (OPG) carer ID card
The OPG identification card is used to prove your status as a guardian and to clarify your relationship to the children or young people in your care.
The card carries both the name of the carer and the name of the child so it can be used in the same way as a verification of child in care card.
Other Person Guardians do not require a verification of a child in care card, as the child’s full name and date of birth are included on the OPG ID cards.
The card has an expiry date, which is the day the child or young person turns 18.
Using the identification cards
When using the identification card, carers or guardians will need to show photo identification, like a:
- drivers licence
- proof of age card
- student ID.
Foster and kinship carers will also need to show the child or young person's signed verification of a child in care card.
Where to use the card
You can show your card to show that you are a carer or guardian to:
- staff at hospitals and community health services (such as CAMHS)
- SA Dental Service, doctors and pharmacists
- schools, kindergartens and child care centres.
Can I still use my card if I'm under a care concern?
A care concern can be a difficult time in a foster or kinship carer's life.
If you are still providing care for children and young people you can continue to use the card.
If you no longer have any children or young people in your care, you should return the card to the Department for Child Protection.
Other Person Guardianship
Other Person Guardianship carers are not subject to care concerns.
Any concerns must be reported as a notification to the child abuse report line and will be investigated by the Department for Child Protection.
The Carer Registration unit can provide further information and replace lost cards.
Phone: 1800 065 246