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Resources for foster and kinship carers

For further information, speak with your support worker.

Initial placement checklist

The initial placement checklist (PDF 106KB) makes sure you and the child's social worker have the necessary information about the child coming into your care.

'Who Can Say OK?' booklet

The Who Can Say OK? booklet (PDF 306KB) outlines who can make day-to-day decisions and provide consent for children and young people 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. 

Privacy and personal information

In some cases the Department for Child Protection (DCP) is required to share personal information with other agencies such as SA Police.

The privacy and your personal information (PDF 273KB) fact sheet outlines your privacy rights when you have contact with the department.

Standards of Alternative Care

The Standards of Alternative Care (PDF 2MB) 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. 

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 (PDF 248KB) 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

It is vital that you are aware of the dangers posed by heat for children in summer. See caring for children in very hot weather (PDF 24KB) for dealing with extremely hot weather.

Disability support program for foster carers

The Alternative Care Therapeutic team (ACTT) at Child and Youth Services (CYS) support foster families of foster children with disabilities. Talk to your case worker about accessing the service.

Support for people after they have left care  

After hours crisis care

Call Crisis Care on 13 16 11 for after hours support.

If a crisis happens on a weekday between 9am and 5pm, contact your child’s case worker or the relevant DCP office.

Newsletter for foster and kinship carer parents

Links is the quarterly newsletter for foster and kinship carers. It includes information on current news and initiatives and provides carers with a way to share stories, achievements, activities and ideas.