Foster Care

How do we help?

Our Alternative Care Services (ACS) is funded by the Department for Education and Child Development to provide suitable homes for children in need of care in metropolitan Adelaide, the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and the Murray Mallee Regions.

Our main role is to recruit, assess and train people who can offer caring homes to children and young people. We also provide one-on-one support to help our Carers during the placement and at the completion of a placement.

We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Foster Carer to attend one of our monthly information sessions to learn more. 

What is foster care?

Foster care provides a temporary, caring home to children while their parent/s and family members receive support to help them work through their problems. Where possible, children will eventually return to live with their family. 

Why do children need foster care?

Sometimes parents are unable to care for children due to physical and mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, domestic violence, imprisonment or death.

Sadly, there are also cases where children have been neglected and maltreated by their parents and need to be protected.

Foster carers provide a temporary, caring home for children while their parents and family members receive support to help them work through their problems.


Upcoming information session:

Wednesday 16 August 2017
Gawler Lutheran Church, Immanuel Worship Centre
Cnr Second and Seventh Streets

RSVP by calling our friendly staff at 08 8337 8787 or email

Too far away? We may be holding a session closer to you! Click here to see where we'll be this year. You can also download the program brochure and information booklet.

Thank you to these generous businesses for their donations to our Carers last Christmas:


Links to information:  




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