media release

“Thanks” to our carers who support and care for our most vulnerable children

The Liberal Government would like to say “thank you” to our hardworking foster and kinship carers during 2019 National Foster and Kinship Care Week.

Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said she wanted to take the opportunity to thank each and every foster and kinship carer across the state.

“I would like to say a big thank you to South Australia’s foster and kinship carers across South Australia who open their hearts and homes to our most vulnerable children,” said Minister Sanderson.

“Many of our carers dedicate their lives to looking after young people who have experienced hardship and neglect and offer love and support to children and young people who, for whatever reason, cannot be with their biological families.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many foster and kinship carers right across the state, including the regions, and can attest their steadfast dedication and support.

“Family-based care gives young people a sense of family and we know this form of care has the best outcomes for our most vulnerable children.

“I’m thrilled many of our carers have taken up the Liberal Government’s extended payments to foster and kinship carers for young people in care to age 21 since January this year.

“I strive towards ensuring our vulnerable children and young people have the very best outcomes and that includes better opportunities in education and employment and the Liberal Government’s extended payments give young adults support when they need it most.

“This week, I’d also like to urge South Australians considering becoming foster carers to contact 1300 2 FOSTER.

“Increasing the number of children and young people living in safe, stable, secure and loving homes is our continued aim.”

For more information about becoming a foster carers call 1300 2 FOSTER or visit http://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/children-care/foster-care