Kinship CARE Project

The Kinship CARE Project is an initiative of the Department for Child Protection (DCP), and Secure Start.

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Recently, an Australian Aboriginal Grandmother who participated in the Kinship CARE Project produced the artwork below to represent her experience of the Kinship CARE project. It blew us away. Her story of the artwork can be accessed by clicking here. Both the story of the artwork, and the artwork itself, are displayed with the consent of the artist, who hoped that it would support access to the Kinship CARE Project among Indigenous Kinship Carers. The artist also gave consent to being identified in connection with the artwork and the Kinship CARE Project.

Information for Kinship Carers and Staff of the Kinship Care Program

(External Professionals and Organisations – see below)

Upcoming Training Dates:

Click on the location below for a flyer for forthcoming implementations:

Port Adelaide


Salisbury North

(Please check back regularly for updated information. Further information about new training can be viewed below, highlighted in blue.)

Kinship Carer Group 16 (Murray Bridge)

Call-Back – Wednesday December 4

10:00am – 1:30pm

Venue: Murray Bridge Community Centre – 18 Beatty Tce, Murray Bridge

Kinship Carer Group 17 – Belair

Call-Back – Wednesday November 20


Venue: Holy Innocents Anglican Church, Cnr Sheoak and Serpentine Roads BELAIR

Kinship Carer Group 18 – Gawler

Call-Back – Friday November 22


Venue: Gawler Community House – 2 Scheibener Tce, Gawler

RSVP: 30/7/19 – click here

Kinship Carer Group 19 – Port Adelaide

October 23 & 30; November 6 & 13

9:30am – 1pm

Venue: Adelaide Business Hub – 6 Todd Street, Port Adelaide

RSVP: 14/10/19 – click here for Registration Form. Word Version here.

Kinship Carer Group 20 – Reynella

November 4, 11, 18 & 25

9:30am – 1pm

Venue: Governor Phillip Room, St Francis Winery, 14 Bridge Street, Reynella

RSVP: 28/10/19 – click here for Registration Form. Word Version here.

Kinship Carer Group 21 – Salisbury North

November 7, 14, 21, & 28

9:30am – 1pm

Venue: Bagster Road Community Centre, 17 Bagster Road, Salisbury North

RSVP: 28/10/19 – click here for Registration Form. Word Version here.

Download the carer registration form here. Word Version here.

Download the call for expressions of interest here.

Download an information sheet here.

Additional Resources:

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Information for Professionals and Organisations

To access A Short Introduction to the Kinship CARE Project, which includes additional information about the content and delivery of the Project, please click here.

Forty-six (46) percent of South Australian children in out-of-home care where there is an authority to place are in kinship care. Not only is Kinship care the largest form of alternate care in South Australia, it is the fastest growing.  Since June 2014, kinship care has grown at almost twice the rate as foster care.

Source: DCP Reporting and Statistics

The Kinship CARE Project is a joint initiative of the Department for Child Protection (DCP) and Secure Start®. In the first 18 months of the Project, training has been delivered to 18 groups of kinship carers in 13 metropolitan and 5 regional locations of South Australia. More than 220 kinship carers have attended part or all of the training, 11% of whom identify as being of Australian Aboriginal background. 

In the Kinship CARE Project there is a focus on supporting carers to develop an understanding of how to implement a therapeutic re-parenting approach in their own individual circumstances. That is, there is a focus on assisting carers to know what to do, and to develop a tailored therapeutic re-parenting Plan. Psychological theory is presented sparingly and only in support of the rationale (and evidential basis) for recommended approaches. Accessibility of the content is supported through a multi-modal approach to delivery that includes practical activities, demonstrations, audio-visual content, and individual and group reflections, in support of verbal content. Kinship care support workers regularly attend sessions with carers on their caseload, further supporting caregiver accessibility to the content and shared experience of the program.

In the Kinship CARE Project there is complementary training for kinship care support workers and psychology staff. The content and delivery is similar to that which is delivered to kinship carers, except that there is a focus on the implementation of the CARE Therapeutic Framework in kinship care support workers’ practice with kinship carers, and psychologists’ practice with kinship care support workers. That is, there is a layered approach to implementation, whereby kinship carers experience CARE from their support workers, and support workers experience CARE from psychologists trained in the Framework. Implementation is layered in this way to support fidelity to the framework and embeddedness across the Department for Child Protection’s Kinship Care Program.

CARE is a strengths-based training program that builds capacity of carers and professionals alike to develop tailored solutions to individual circumstances.

To access a summary of interim outcomes, click here.

Delivered by Secure Start® and Colby Pearce, Clinical Psychologist, Author and Developer of therapeutic programmes – consulting internationally. Supported by the Department for Child Protection, South Australia.


Access a copy of the Comprehensive Carer Handbook here.

  • Grow therapeutic care environments that support a child’s recovery from adverse childhood experiences
  • Grow a common understanding, a common language, and a common approach
  • Grow confident and competent carers and support professionals
  • Grow independent problem-solving 
  • Grow service-wide fidelity and accountability

To contact Colby: