Kinship CARE Project 2018/19

Information for Kinship Carers and Staff of the Kinship Care Program (External Professionals and Organisations below)

Upcoming Training Dates:

Kinship Carer Group 13 – Woodcroft

May 8 & 22; June 5 & 19

Call-Back: 18/9/19


Venue: (Room 5) The Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre – 175  Bains Road Morphett Vale

RSVP: 30/4/19 – click here

Kinship Carer Group 15 (Port Pirie)

May 17 & 31; June 14 & 28

Call-Back – 13/9/19 


Venue: Port Pirie Golf Club – Kingston Road, Risdon Park

RSVP: 10/5/19 – click here

Kinship Carer Group 16 (Murray Bridge)

July 24; August 7 & 21; September 4

Call-Back – TBC

10:00am – 1:30pm

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

RSVP: 19/7/19 – click here

Kinship Carer Group 17 – Belair

31 July; August 14 & 28; September 11

Call-Back – TBC


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

RSVP: 19/7/19 – click here

Kinship Carer Group 18 – Gawler

August 9, 16, 23, & 30

Call-Back – TBC


Venue: Gawler Community House – 2 Scheibener Tce, Gawler

RSVP: 30/7/19 – click 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.

  • 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

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

CARE represents a conceptual model of parenting drawn from psychological science. CARE stands for:

 C                  Consistency 

A                    Accessibility


E                    Emotional Connectedness

CARE is implicated in the development of attachment, attachment style and disorders of attachment (RAD & DSED)*. CARE is also implicated in neurological and emotional development, and learning.

CARE offers simple and practical direction for therapeutic re-parenting of children who have experienced relational trauma, and the support of their caregivers.

*Pearce, C (2016), A Short Introduction to Attachment and                         Attachment Disorder (Second Edition), London: JKP

The CARE project is a quality project, and promotes competencies and learning outcomes for:

  • Kinship Carers
  • Kinship Care Support Workers
  • Psychologists who work in the kinship care space.

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

Training for:

  • Kinship Carers
  • Metropolitan and Regional
  • Kinship Care Support Staff
  • Psychology Staff

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.



Training Content:    

What is ‘Therapeutic Care’?

Our ‘Primary Task’ 


        • Consistency 
        • Accessibility    
        • Responsiveness 
        • Emotional-Connectedness  


Managing Complex/Challenging Behaviours

Pre- and Post-Evaluations

Training Format:

Kinship Carers:                                    

  • Four half-day sessions, scheduled fortnightly                                                                             
  • Half-day call-back session, 2-3 months later                                                                               
  • 9:30am – 1pm (Metro)                                                                                                                      
  • 10:30-2pm (Regional)

Kinship Care Support Workers:  

  • Two full days of training                                                                                                                  
  • Full-day call-back three months later
  • Monthly consultations with Project Lead

Psychology Staff:     

  • Two Full days of training                                                                                                                 
  • Bi-monthly meetings (1.5 hours) with Project Lead
Click here for more information and to access our resource for carers who are supporting children who are recovering from a tough start to life.
Click here for more information and to access our new resource for teachers who are managing children who are recovering from a tough start to life.

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