Centacare Catholic Family Services is a Catholic welfare organisation delivering a range of services across the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.  We are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong focus on social justice.

We strive to support people in our community who have been marginalised and who are experiencing hardships and challenges in their lives.  This support will always occur regardless of race, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief or ethnic background.

Our Structure 

The Archdiocese of Adelaide had delegated the responsibility of the day-to-day management to the Director who reports to the Executive of the Curia through the Vicar-General.  The agency is divided into service units headed by a team of Executive Managers.

Our Mission  

We will provide relevant, authentic and effective services that will enhance the quality of life of our clients and will enable them to participate fully in the community.

Our Vision 

We envision a community where people can experience the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Our values

Our work is informed by the values embedded in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Dignity of the Human Person

We uphold the dignity of all our clients regardless of their circumstances.

  • Community and the Common Good

We believe every social group must take account of the needs and legitimate goals of other groups and that being part of a sustaining society is both a right and an obligation.

  • Dignity of Work

We believe a person has a right to productive work, a just wage and to participate in democratic processes.

  • Option for the Socially Disadvantaged and Vulnerable

We believe for justice to be upheld, we must become compassionate voices in action for all.

  • Solidarity

We believe all humankind is interdependent, that we need one another and that we are called to stand with the powerless and the disadvantaged.

  • Subsidiarity

We believe that decisions should be made at the lowest possible level and that those affected by decisions have an opportunity to contribute to the decision making process.

  • Care of God’s Creation

We believe the earth is a gift, and as stewards and trustees we have a responsibility to respect that gift and strive for sustainable living.

To uphold these principles as an organisation we strive to develop a culture that:

  • Operates within a strong ethical framework informed by Catholic Social Teaching
  • Respects the uniqueness of individuals
  • Ensures we provide quality services through professional and committed staff
  • Focuses our service delivery to meet the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised
  • Works positively with governments, agencies, individuals and communities
  • Expects integrity in all that we do