Supporting grandparents and other informal kinship carers to improve the welfare of children

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Welcome to Grandcarers SA

Established in 2002 (formerly known as Grandparents For Grandchildren SA), we believe that all children and young people have the right to a safe, secure and nurturing family environment where the role of Grandcarer (grandparent and kinship carers of their family’s children) is recognised, supported and valued.

We understand the unique challenges faced by grandparents and kinship carers in South Australia.  At Grandcarers SA, we are here to provide support, resources, and a caring community to help you navigate your journey. Discover how we can empower and advocate for you and your family.

Grandcarers are full time carers of, or estranged from, their kin’s children. Grandcarers SA supports grandparents and other full time informal kinship carers.

If you are a Grandcarer (grandparent or a kinship carer) who is selflessly helping with a child in your care, we are here to support you in your journey.  For further assistance, please Contact Us.  Alternatively, you can register with us via our Client Registration Form and we will contact you to discuss your situation and needs. Our client list is independent of official records.

Registration and all our services are free of charge. Referrals from other agencies are not required.

Here is what our clients are saying about us.

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Who We Are

Grandcarers SA is a dedicated team with diverse credentials, skills, and life experiences.

We are committed to supporting our grandparents and kinship carers to conquer their challenges while providing a safe and nourishing environment for the children in their care

Our shared belief is that all children have the right to feel safe and loved, no matter from whom or where they come.

Diversity and Inclusion

Grandcarers SA strives to build a more diverse, inclusive team that reflects the communities where we live, work and play.

We embrace diversity and inclusion and value the unique backgrounds and experience of our team, Grandcarers, grandchildren and their families.

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Client Support

Most of our Grandcarers (grandparents and kinship carers) are not a part of the traditional “child placement system”. The majority of Grandcarers play the role of informal primary carers for

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The Voice of Grandcarers

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Grandcarers talk about the requirement of more support in order to bring up the children in their care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the origins of your organisation?

Grandcarers SA (previously Grandparents For Grandchildren SA) was created 21 years ago by grandparent carers who were unable to access services for their grandchildren due to a lack of an ‘official’ status as carers. The organisation is now a multi-faceted service developed to assist grandparent and kinship care families across South Australia through personal, peer and financial support.

What is a Grandcarer?

Grandcarers are the primary carers of, or alienated from, their kin’s children. Grandcarers SA primarily supports grandparents but also supports other primary informal kinship carers.

Do I need to have formalised guardianship of my grand/kin children to ask for help?

No. We understand that there are times when Grandcarers take on primary caring responsibilities for children that does not involve formal paperwork or court involvement, including private family arrangements. If in doubt, please give us a call!

Do I need a referral?

No, you are able to self-refer, just give us a call!

Are you able to assist marginalised community members?

Yes. Grandcarer from all backgrounds who registered as clients have access to our services.

Will my information be shared?

No, any personal information is given and kept in confidence.

Are Grandcarers SA affiliated with any other organisation or government department?

No, Grandcarers SA is an independent incorporated non-government organisation. To benefit clients, we occasionally collaborate or partner with other agencies that can provide services to our Grandcarers or to participate in joint activities, but we remain autonomous.

How are you funded?

Grandcarers SA receive operational funding from the SA Department of Human Services. The Department have a long-term commitment to this arrangement.

Does your service have a joining/membership fee?

No, we are a free service, we just ask each new person to register with us by providing their details on our Client Registration Form.

We would like to thank our Supporters

Acknowledgement of Country

As an organisation we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, and pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, traditions, the culture and the hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


“The feeling of being shattered when you’re separated from someone you love.”

Artist: Kel Rankine from the Ngarrindjeri Group

Acrylic on canvas 11/12/2017

Presented to Grandparents For Grandchildren 2018.