The term ‘carer’ is often used to describe roles and activities that are different to the ones supported by Carers SA.

We sometimes get contacted by people who mistakenly think that we provide services relating to these groups of people:

  • Paid carers or care workers: are paid a salary or hourly rate to look after people with care needs
  • Foster carers: are people or families who are paid to look after children and young people in their own home, usually because the young people are unable to live with their families
  • Parents and carers: can describe anybody who lives with and looks after a child under 18
  • Kinship carers: are relatives or close friends who look after children and young people who are unable to live with their families. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, a kinship carer may be another Indigenous person who is a member of their community

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