Time for Kids is a South Australian not for profit, early intervention service established in 1960 to prevent disadvantaged children from entering the juvenile justice system.
Today it continues to work with children and young people who experience multiple and complex forms of disadvantage and score highly in the risk factors associated with youth offending and other poor life outcomes.
Time for Kids’ core program of respite-relationships, matches children in need with individuals and families who play a significant role in their life over many years, complementing and adding to children’s existing family structures.
On 1 December 2018 Time for Kids merged with Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA). Our highly respected name, programs, and service delivery staff entered this partnership to ensure we could continue to provide the same quality service we always have. RASA’s programs further open up new and expanded opportunities to support our children and families through internal referral, contributing to even better long-term outcomes for children in need.
This program was last evaluated in 2006 by Professor Mark Halsey from Flinders University. Thanks to support from Variety SA, Time for Kids commissioned a further research project in 2017 with the specific purpose of determining the program’s social and financial return on investment for the children it serves, and the broader South Australian community.