ac.care is a non-government organisation (NGO), started by country people in 1986 because there was no teenage foster care service in Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Today we provide community services to the South Australian country communities of the Adelaide Hills, Limestone Coast, Murraylands and Riverland.
Act for Kids mission is to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, with a visions for all kids to have a safe and happy childhood, free from abuse and neglect. Services in Adelaide include Integrated Therapy Service (multidisciplinary therapy for children and families), support for vulnerable families, and special workshops to empower kids to speak out and stay safe. Contact: Jenny Suter
Aboriginal Family Support Services Incorporated is a recognised community based and controlled organisation that provides programs and services that assist and support Aboriginal People to protect and preserve their families. AFSS ensures that Aboriginal children and young people achieve their maximum potential by growing up in safe, secure, culturally sensitive and supportive environments. Contact: Warren Guppy.
AnglicareSA’s Vision is for Justice, Respect and Fullness of Life for All. We support approximately 65,000 South Australians every year across Community Services, Aged Care, and Housing and Homelessness. Our Community Services footprint spans early intervention, community development, disability and mental health, emergency relief, child protection, and Aboriginal and multicultural services. We target children, young people, families and communities experiencing exclusion and complexity of need, and believe that everyone, including children have the right to be heard and live a full life. Contact: Nicole Stasiak
Baptist Care SA provides out of home care, disability care, youth education and employment, homelessness and therapeutic support services.
Established in 1913, Baptist care SA currently has over 1,000 dedicated staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to help South Australians achieve their full potential. Baptist Care SA is committed to working with the State’s most disadvantaged, championing local issues and connecting with people to provide transition pathways from adversity to opportunity.
Centacare Catholic Country SA (CCCSA) is a financially viable not-for-profit organisation with a sound asset base and over 20 years’ experience delivering government funded programs to vulnerable groups across the Eyre and Western, Barossa Yorke Mid North (BYMN) and Far North regions of South Australia. Our service provision includes outreach into remote Aboriginal communities. CCCSA has well established offices located in Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Port Pirie and Coober Pedy with outreach to regional and remote communities across the broader region.
Website 25 Forsyth Street, WHYALLA Phone: (08) 8640 4900
Each year, Centacare supports more than 30,000 South Australians in reaching their full potential so they can participate in the community, regardless of their circumstances and the challenges they face. We deliver more than 70 programs across the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, in regional and metropolitan locations. Support is provided regardless of race, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief or ethnic background. Centacare is a Quality Accredited Organisation and is a registered provider with NDIS.
Connected Self is about making connections. We believe that by supporting people and organisations to create connections to themselves (who they are), their family, community and customers, their environment and aspirations they can achieve higher levels of wellbeing, personal fulfilment and productivity. Our unique blend of experienced psychologists, art therapists, youth practitioners, mindfulness facilitators and consultants assist many individuals and organisations to achieve their goals. We are also a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) accredited provider and a member on the Disability Services and Department of Education and Child Development Panel of Preferred Providers.
Connecting Foster Carers SA is the peak bodyfor foster, relative and kinship carers. CFC-SA supports carers and exchange the latest information on training and accreditation, foster carer’s rights, good practices, peer support and advocacy, financial conditions and representing carers in policy development. Contact: Jo Jarvis.
CREATE Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that acts as the national peak consumer body representing the views of children and young people with a care experience. To be an effective advocate, CREATE balances the engagement and connection with children and young people with the independent role we play to gain their views about what is important to them, and change systems for the better. Contact Amy Duke – State Coordinator.
Good Beginnings is Australia’s leading provider of community-supported early intervention programs for children, their families and the communities in which they live. Good Beginnings assists families in transition, from distress to success. Contact Peter Dyer.
Grandparents For Grandchildren (GFGSA) is a voluntary not for profit organisation formed over 15 years ago as a result of the need for community support and advocacy for grandparents and other kinship carers who could be struggling with the emotional, financial and legal complexities of caring for their grandchildren.
HenderCare Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, established to provide out of home care services for children and young people in South Australia. Our aim is to ensure that every young person placed into our care feels safe, nurtured and is heard. We take immense pride in our capacity to respond to the unique needs of every young person in our care; and are committed to providing the highest standards of care to vulnerable children and young people. Our services are based on the values of Trust, Respect, Growth and Fairness.
Junction Australia provides services to vulnerable young people and families across metropolitan Adelaide but particularly in the southern metropolitan region and inner country including Kangaroo Island. Junction delivers services to homeless young people, family homelessness and DV services, therapeutic residential care for guardian children and community development programs.
Junction also provides 2200 social and affordable houses to individuals and families across metropolitan and country regions in South Australia.
Key Assets is a non-government organisation specialising in fostering services for children and young people who may have experienced harm or neglect and whose parents may be struggling with their own lives. Services range from emergency, short and long term placements and sometimes for young women who are pregnant or to a young parent with a child. Contact: Gareth Davies.
Life Buoyancy Institute (LBI) is an educational hub dedicated to providing the knowledge, skills, resources and education network to empower diverse communities to achieve individual and collective thriving. We offer specialist training and coaching, accreditation pathways, research and consultancy, resources and community development initiatives for agencies supporting children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation working in every state and territory across Australia. Our services support children, young people and families, people with disability, people with mental illness, older people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We are one of Australia’s few national providers of out-of-home care working with children, young people, carers and community to support children whilst they are unable to live with their family. We focus on driving positive change through innovative evidenced-based models of practice, wrapping expert support around foster and kinship carers so they can confidently focus on children. Contact: Simone Mather
Lutheran Community Care provides community services on behalf of the Lutheran Church in South Australia and Northern Territory. We support communities through responding to the needs of individuals and families, community development, learning opportunities, accommodation and support. Much of our work aims to address poverty and injustice so that those in need are empowered to achieve their full potential.
Our services are based on respect, integrity and compassion. We work with communities to develop efficient and effective ways to respond to individuals and families in need. We embrace all people regardless of language, culture, ethnicity or religion. Contact Andrea Konigsmann.
Mission Australia is a Christian community service organisation that has been helping people to regain their independence for over 155 years. We reduce homelessness and strengthen communities through homelessness initiatives and affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support, and employment and skills development. We work alongside our partners and everyday Australians who provide generous support. Together, we stand with Australians in need until they can stand for themselves.
Novita provides child development, rehabilitation and disability services to people living with disability, as well as support for their families and carers. We support kids and young people throughout their childhood and adolescent years, in Adelaide, regional South Australia and beyond.
Website Phone: 1300 668 482
Relationships Australia South Australia are a not-for-profit, secular, charitable organisation whose objective is to respond to the wellbeing of South Australians, in particular vulnerable and disadvantaged people. We offer many services specific to the needs of families or individuals, and when necessary with a child-centred focus. A large number of services are provided at no cost, funded by government service partners. We believe positive, respectful and meaningful relationships are crucial to alleviate issues which result in suffering and distress, whether this is due to what is happening in your relationships, past experiences, mental health issues, gambling, health conditions or violence and abuse.
Safe Places for Children is a registered charity with the ACNC and non-government organisation.
Safe Places for Children provides individualised therapeutic residential care services to children and young people in Out of Home Care with a trauma-informed model of integrative care.
SIDS and Kids SA provides:
- Free professional ongoing bereavement support for South Australian families following the sudden and unexpected death of an infant or young child from conception to 6 years – may be from any cause (miscarriage, car accident, drowning, etc) not only SIDS
- Safe sleeping education aimed at reducing the risk of SIDS and preventing death from unsafe environments for infants and toddlers
- 24 hour, 365 days a year crisis outreach service
- Family support via facilitation of mothers and fathers groups
- Community education about grief and loss.
Every year billions of dollars are spent on social services and cycles of reform, yet we see limited impact for those who need it most. TACSI partners with government, not-for-profits, philanthropy and business to make practical progress that leads to better lives.
Website 1/265-279 Flinders St, Adelaide Phone: (08) 7325 4994
The Salvation Army lives out its mission through diverse, unified expressions across Australia. We achieve our goals through a culture of courageous stewardship; committed to leadership and delivering innovative and progressive services within a financially sustainable framework. We know we are succeeding when we see people empowered beyond their circumstances.
Website 261-265 Chalmers St, Redfern NSW 2016 Phone: 113 72 58
UnitingCare Wesley Bowden has a long and proud history of supporting people in need which dates back over 160 years. We provide support service to the local community of Adelaide’s west, inner north and more recently the inner south and northern suburbs; and deliver innovative, tailored services that support individual and community well-being. Our focus is vulnerable children and their families, older people, individuals who live with disability, and carers.People are at the heart of all we do. We will work alongside South Australians as they strive for a bright future and great lives, supporting them to overcome adversity and disadvantage. We will do this in a way that is non-judgmental, generous and supportive; that embraces diversity; and that values and promotes fairness, justice and the benefits of strong communities.
We provide over 90 services within South Australia, some of which include supporting young people who may require help with health and wellbeing, or to reconnect with family. We support young people and families to work on their relationships and reduce conflict through Adult and Family Counselling and Ruby’s Reunification programs. We connect families with other families for peer mentoring through the Family By Family program. Uniting Communities provide care and support to young people under Guardianship of the Minister, who can’t stay with their birth families, through our Therapeutic Youth Residential Care program for children aged 12-17, and Foster Care program children, for children aged 0-17 with intellectual disabilities or complex needs both long term and respite care.
At Uniting Country SA our vision is to help build a compassionate, respectful and just community in which all people participate and flourish. We aim to assist people in rural and regional South Australia to overcome barriers to live life to the full, to help build strong communities which are inclusive and celebrate diversity, to advocate for justice and fairness in our society, and to strengthen our partnership with the wider community.
For over 150 years UnitingSA has had a tradition of never closing its doors to people in need. The organisation, through its many programs and services, provides one-to-one and group support, assistance, advocacy, counselling, information, and education for individuals and families; especially in relation to various forms of Out of Home Care [including Foster Care and Residential Care], Family Support, Placement Prevention, Early Intervention and Family Reunification Services.
The Women’s Legal Service (SA) are an independent, not-for-profit, politically unaligned, and secular community organisation based in South Australia. As a state-wide community legal centre they provide free and confidential legal services for all women across SA. Areas of law covered by the service, include but are not limited to – family law, child support, child protection, navigating support for family violence, divorce, immigration domestic violence exemptions, victims of crime compensation and more.
Yourkids provide emergency accommodation to children and young people in out of home care through Department of Child Protection (DCP). Yourkids provides short term and supported long-term accommodation for young people with disabilities through both Department of Human Services (DHS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Yourkids also provides home based supports as well as assistance with social and community participation for children and adults.