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Aboriginal foster care

AFSS Foster Care

Foster Care is also known as Family Based Care. Foster carers provide a home for children who are unable to live safely with their own families, through providing a secure, safe environment that caters for the physical and emotional needs of young people from birth to 18 years of age.


Types of care available

There are a number of services provided by AFSS foster carers:


  • Emergency care - from a day up to two weeks. Placements may be needed at short notice any time during the week, weeknights or weekends.

  • Short term care - from two weeks to two years. At the end of short term care a child or young person may return to their family or be placed in long term care.

  • Respite care - usually on weekends or school holidays. Carers provide planned, regular respite breaks for foster families and an extended support network for the child.

  • Long term care - for children and young people who need a family until their own family circumstances change or they turn 18.


Thinking about foster care?

Want to find out more about becoming a foster carer with AFSS or to transfer to AFSS. Send us an email:

You can also contact the following staff at the Offices below for more information in your area:

Adelaide - Carmela Lagana

8297 5708

Berri - Nicole Barber

8582 3192

Ceduna - Michelle Naylon

8625 3466

Coober Pedy - Julie Knight

8672 3066

Murray Bridge - Deborah Irvine

8532 1790

Mount Gambier - Dawn Cardona

0499 889 729

Port Augusta - Deb Merchant

8641 0907

Port Lincoln - Mandy Drummond

8683 1909

You're already an AFSS foster carer?

Here you'll find lots of useful information to help you in your important role.

Child Safe Environments
Training for Metro Foster Carers

Contact  8205 1522 for more information.


Becoming A Carer

Current Carers


Strong children, strong families. Stand with us - become a carer

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