Time for Kids

Time for Kids is a not for profit organisation with a mission to create opportunities for children to achieve their full potential by providing volunteer care, enriching experiences and positive role models that support them in overcoming disadvantage.


We were established in 1960 as the Society of Sponsors, to prevent children from entering the juvenile justice system.  Today we continue to work with children and young people who experience social isolation, economic and other complex forms of disadvantage.  We match children from birth to 17 years with volunteer families and individuals for regular, part-time care, usually for one weekend a month, one day per fortnight or for 3-4 days during school holidays.  Since 1960, Time for Kids has assisted more than 5,000 children and their families.

How We Can Help
Through our unique program of volunteer carer support, Time for Kids opens a doorway on experiences, learning and opportunities that would be otherwise unavailable to our children.  This builds children’s resilience and capacity to respond positively to the challenges in their lives.  It also empowers and equips children and young people to set and successfully pursue alternative aspirations for their lives, as so many of our children have done over more than 50 years.

Evaluation has shown our program to have a truly transformative effect on the lives of children and young people in need.  In 2009, Time for Kids received a National Crime and Violence Prevention Award from the Federal Government and the Australian Institute of Criminology, in recognition of the impact of our program in eliminating youth offending.

Time for Kids is governed by a volunteer management board and operates with a professional staff that works in collaboration with our dedicated volunteer carers, to establish and maintain children’s placement within the program.

How We Work
We provide services that assist children and young people to build:
  • Resilience.
  • Self esteem.
  • Confidence.
  • Resourcefulness.
  • A sense of identify.
  • Broadened expectations and possibilities.
  • Diverse and inspiring exposure to the world.
  • Psycho social development.
We work only with volunteer carers who willingly give their time, care and support to the children and young people we work with. Carers are carefully matched with children and young people through tailored placements, to ensure that the relationship, support and nurture provided best meets the needs of all involved.  We foster strong and enduring relationships between our carers and the children and young people they support. Our services are designed to be complementary to the other important relationships in the lives of our children and young people.

Refer a Child
We regret that due to the size of our current waiting list, we do not have the capacity to accept any new general referrals at this time. Referrals for children under the guardianship of the minister and living in kinship arrangements will still be considered; please have the appropriate Department of Child Protection worker get in touch with us directly if you want to discuss this further.
Contact Us
Relationships Australia SA
49A Orsmond Street, Hindmarsh 5007
Office Reception: (08) 8245 8100

You can reach us at this site by phoning reception and requesting to be put through to “Time for Kids”.

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Service Enquiry

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