A Marshall Liberal Government will make foster care and kinship care payments available for people up to 21 years of age.
This will provide the opportunity for young people to remain in foster care or kinship care through to 21 if they so choose, by ensuring the provision of reimbursements to their carers.
At any given time in South Australia, there are more than 3,000 children and young people in out of home care, with the vast majority in foster or kinship care.
Many foster carers are simply unable to afford continuing to house and provide for their charges when they become young adults. Others may shoulder the cost burden themselves, but this leaves them less able to assist other, younger foster children.
These circumstances lead to young people, many barely out of school, being left to fend for themselves. Many become homeless, and some turn to crime to survive.
We want to ensure that young people who have suffered a hard start in life are able to get on their feet as they become adults and that’s why we will make foster care and kinship care payments available for people up to 21 years of age.