Children and Young People

Junction supports children and young people in South Australia with our range of services including Residential Care, Family Based Care and supportive programs.

Our aim is for those we work with to be heard, feel respected, have a safe place to live and to be happy, which is guided by the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care.

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Community Centres

Junction operates two Community Centres that are open to the public, and we invite and encourage you and your family to visit our friendly staff, participate in the programs on offer and meet new people.

Please visit the Community Centres page for more information.

Siblings in Focus

‘Siblings in Focus’ is a program that provides the opportunity for children to take time out of their caring role so they can enjoy being a child, and spend time with other children of their age to develop skills and better cope with their life.

All of the children who participate in Siblings in Focus have one, or more, siblings with a disability or illness. Children in these situations can become isolated, which can impact on their mental health and development.

This is a Communities for Children activity funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

View the Siblings in Focus brochure.

Residential Care

When a child or young person is unable to live at home with their birth family, they might be referred to Junction by the Department of Child Protection for short or long term residential care.

While living at one of our residential care homes, children and young people live in a safe and nurturing environment supported 24/7 by our dedicated staff.

Our Therapeutic Support Services program helps children and young people under guardianship to heal from past traumas, build their resilience and hope for the future.

Ensuring children in our care have the best possible environments and surroundings to thrive is a key part of this.

Junction’s housing development arm includes a program of purpose built housing for children and young people informed by them.

Family Based Care

A supportive family environment can go a long way towards shaping a young person’s life.

We manage a Family Based Care program for children and young people, as well as short term care options.

The program stretches across the metropolitan area, mid-north and Fleurieu and operates alongside our residential care services.

Carers are assessed based on the best interests of the child, with a focus on the carer’s ability to provide a secure home and the best possible care. Our carer assessment criteria is not determined by sexuality, gender, relationship status, race or religion.

For more information on our program or to become a carer, visit our dedicated Family Based Care website