Better, more specialised support for kinship carers of Aboriginal children and young people is the focus of a new $3 million Liberal Government program.
Three Aboriginal community-controlled organisations – Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS), InComPro and KWY – are the successful providers of a new Kinship Carer Support Program.
The two-year program recognises that Aboriginal organisations are best placed to support Aboriginal children and young people in care and strengthens the Liberal Government’s commitment to making a real improvement to the lives of Aboriginal South Australians.
Supports offered through the new program will include more training for kinship carers and better supporting them to connect with services such as trauma specialists, education and health.
Currently, all carer support is provided through an internal Department for Child Protection program.
Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said the new program would better support Aboriginal children and young people – and their kinship carers.
“Better supporting our most vulnerable children and young people remains our priority, including ensuring better outcomes for Aboriginal children in care,” said Minister Sanderson.
“I’m thrilled to announce the new Kinship Carer Support Program will be delivered by three strong, local Aboriginal organisations.
“The important work that carers do in our community cannot be understated, and this new program aims to ensure that kinship carers of Aboriginal children and young people have access to appropriate supports that uphold children and young people’s rights to be connected to culture.
“Keeping Aboriginal children and young people connected to family, community and culture is central to their identity and wellbeing.
“More than half of Aboriginal children in care live with kinship carers and these carers play an absolutely critical role in developing and maintaining these connections.”