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.
Anglicare SA helps many South Australians, from the very young to the very old, with a diverse range of services. Although their services are many, the one thing they all do is to provide hope to people who may feel there is none. Contact: Nicole Hunt.
Since 1913, Baptist Care SA has grown to over 1,200 dedicated staff and volunteers, working tirelessly to help South Australians achieve their full potential. We’re committed to working with the State’s most disadvantaged, championing local issues and connecting with people to enable positive change. It isn’t easy tackling such tough issues, but our clients’ successes mean it’s often extremely rewarding.
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
For the past 75 years, Centacare Catholic Family Services has worked to help people reach their full potential so they can participate in the community, regardless of their circumstances. Today this commitment underpins the 68 community services we deliver in 35 sites across the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, in metropolitan and regional South Australia. Centacare operates within a strong ethical framework informed by the values and principles of Catholic Social Teaching. We respond with skill, compassion and tenacity to each of the more than 30,000 people we see annually through our disability, homelessness, domestic violence, children’s services, out of home care, relationship support, youth, community, training and family support intervention services. At Centacare, we believe for justice to be upheld, we must become compassionate voices in action for all. Together we are meeting the challenge.
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 Claudine Scalzi.
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 not for profit organisation that’s committed to providing a supportive and safe environment for people living with a disability or with a mental health issue, children and young people and other vulnerable persons. Contact: Sue Thomas.
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 offers a broad range of services to individuals, families and communities throughout the country. Core services such as counselling, mediation, and family dispute resolution (as well as associated early intervention and post-separation services) are funded by the Commonwealth Government and are available in each state and territory. Other family and community support services are funded by state and territory governments and other organisations, and may differ depending on location. Use our map to select the state or territory closest to you to see the services available in your area.
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.