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SA calls for more foster carers

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016

South Australia has called for more emergency foster carers to open their homes to vulnerable children with 200 in commercial care on any given night.

Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close says the number of children being removed from families exceeds both the number of short and long-term foster places.

"Sadly, there are children in the community who must be urgently removed from unsafe situations," Ms Close said on Tuesday.

"Currently the number of children we have to remove outstrips the available foster and kinship placements, which means we have to rely on commercial care while a more permanent placement can be found.

"This is far from ideal and we are calling for people to step in and offer to open up their homes."

Emergency foster carers provide a safe home environment and support and can be called on to look after a child for a week or two.

Child and Family Welfare Association executive director Rob Martin said providing a safe home for a child was one of the most powerful ways of minimising the long-term impact of trauma.

"Foster carers who are able to provide emergency and short-term care can contribute to the wellbeing of vulnerable children in the most pivotal way," he said.

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