A bright future for every child.
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.
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 operates with a professional staff that works in collaboration with our dedicated volunteer carers, to establish and maintain children’s placement within the program.
On 1 December 2018, Time for Kids merged with Relationships Australia South Australia. You can find out more about this initiative here.
To join us and make a difference for kids in South Australia, please contact us.