Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster carer. We always need more carers to join the many other foster and kinship carers in South Australia.
Carers are everyday people who play an important part in enriching the life of a child or young person who cannot live with their birth family.
Can I apply to be a foster carer?
Take the quiz
Are you already a foster carer?
Visit the Department for Child Protection website for resources.
Aboriginal people have made and continue to make a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the state of South Australia.
The Government of South Australia acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state's first people and nations, and recognises Aboriginal people as traditional owners and occupants of South Australian land and waters.
The Government of South Australia acknowledges that the spiritual, social, cultural and economic practices of Aboriginal people come from their traditional lands and waters, and that Aboriginal people maintain cultural and heritage beliefs, languages and laws which are of ongoing importance today.
Choosing to become a foster carer is a big step!
This short quiz will reveal whether you might be eligible to become a foster carer and help you decide if you're able to provide short term, longer term or specialised care.
At the end of the survey you can request more information about foster care, the formal application process and eligibility criteria and find out about foster care agencies in your area.
That's great. South Australia needs more foster carers for children and young people who cannot live with their birth families.
The South Australian government, through the Department for Child Protection, partners with non-government foster care agencies who recruit, assess, train and support foster carers across the state.PrevNextSkip to end
While most foster parents will be between 25 and 70 years of age, we welcome enquiries from anyone over the age of 18.
We are looking for foster carers who are in good health and able to accept all the responsibilities of caring for children and young people.
Volunteering with the Department for Child Protection is another way to be involved in supporting children and young people. Visit the Department for Child Protection website for more information.PrevNextSkip to end
Nice! Most foster parents in South Australia are between 25 and 70 years old. So long as you are healthy enough to cope with the demands of being a foster carer, you could help care for children in need.PrevNextSkip to end
Great! There are many individuals who successfully care for children on both a short and long-term basis.PrevNextSkip to end
Great! Couples in stable, committed, long-term relationships can be potential foster carers, whatever their sexual orientation.PrevNextSkip to end
Fantastic! If you have space and security to care for children as they grow up, you can be considered as a foster carer. The important thing is that your home is safe and welcoming to children coming into your care.PrevNextSkip to end
Awesome! We always seek to place Aboriginal children and young people with an Aboriginal family where their connection to country, language and culture can be maintained or enhanced.
Being connected to culture, identity and community can help to build strength and identity throughout a child's life.PrevNextSkip to end
It is still worth contacting the Department for Child Protection to discuss your circumstances.
Some serious criminal convictions may prevent you from becoming a foster carer, such as offences against children and some sexual offences. Any adult living with you or regular visitors to the house must also have background checks before a child can be placed in your care.PrevNextSkip to end
Wonderful! If you haven't had children, or they no longer live with you, you can still provide a stable and nurturing environment for children and young people in need. Your foster care agency will provide you with parenting support for children that come into your care.PrevNextSkip to end
Great! Your love of children is an important quality we look for in foster carers.
If you are already a parent, your experiences will be a great foundation as you learn more about caring for children who are experiencing grief, trauma and loss. Your foster care agency will discuss which placements will best suit the age of any children living in your household. It is often preferable for your children to be older than any new child coming into your home.
We recommended you begin the formal assessment process when your youngest child is at least one year old.
Contact the Department for Child Protection to learn more about fostering and to discuss the best time to begin the formal assessment process.PrevNextSkip to end
No problems, pets can provide children companionship and joy. Your foster care agency will need to be sure that your pets do not pose a risk as part of the household safety check. If risks are identified, there may be strategies to help your household meet the requirements for approval.PrevNextSkip to end
Thanks for taking the quiz – we hope you consider becoming a foster carer and helping children in need.