Resources for foster and kinship carers

The following resources are for foster and kinship carers to help them in their role.

For further information, speak with your support worker.

Checklists and standards

Initial placement checklist

The initial placement checklist (105.6 KB PDF) helps make sure you and the child's social worker have all the information you need about the child coming into your care.

Making decisions about children in care

Who can say OK? makes it clear who is able to make day-to-day decisions and who can provide consent for children and young people placed in care.

This resource is subject to periodic updates. It was last updated in October 2017 to reflect the establishment of the new Department for Child Protection (DCP) and the staff in DCP who can make decisions in the areas of interstate and overseas travel and passport applications.

Standards of alternative care

The Standards of Alternative Care outline the quality standards for care of children in alternative care. They are relevant to all contracted service providers, caseworkers and carers who have direct or indirect contact with children and young people in all forms of alternative care.

Caring for children

Boundaries and keeping yourself safe as a foster carer

It is important to be aware that your actions could be misinterpreted by a child or young person in your care. Boundaries and keeping yourself safe as a foster carer outlines ways to create clear boundaries and avoid misunderstandings and false accusations. This includes issues like:

  • privacy
  • affection
  • sexuality
  • communication.

Caring for children in very hot weather

As a carer for children, it is vital you are aware of the dangers posed by heat for children in summer. See Caring for children in very hot weather (305.6 KB PDF) for dealing with extremely hot weather.

School holiday guide

A guide to school holiday activities in South Australia, including vacation care programs, workshops, clinics, classes and activities to keep the kids busy.

Support for people after they have left care

After hours crisis care

When a foster or kinship carer needs help after hours they can call Crisis Care on 13 16 11.

If a crisis happens on a weekday between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm, foster or kinship carers can contact their child’s case worker or the relevant Department for Child Protection office.

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