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Fostering Allowance

As a foster carer you will receive a weekly fostering allowance to cover the cost of caring for a child.  All allowances are paid to foster carers two weeks in arrears.

Age bands

The level of allowance varies according to the age of the child. There are four age bands:

  • 0 - 4 years
  • 5 - 10 years
  • 11 - 15 years
  • 16 - 17 years

The fostering allowance is broken down into three elements;

Maintenance - This includes:

  • Food (including school lunches)
  • Leisure activities and hobbies such as scouts, guides and sports clubs
  • Toiletries
  • Haircuts
  • Telephone calls
  • Transport which is part of ordinary family life including bus fare
  • Utility costs i.e. heating / lighting / washing costs
  • Keeping a record of events and memories about and for the child
  • Pocket money
  • Clothing

The following are paid separately and in addition:

  • Holiday grant
  • Birthday allowance
  • Christmas / Festival allowance
  • Exceptional mileage

Fostering fee

In addition to the above allowances foster carers may receive a professional fee in recognition of their completion of pre-approval and / or mandatory training. There is an expectation that all foster carers will attend training to  maintain / update their skills and knowledge of the fostering role. The fee element payable is divided into two age bands, under 11 years, and over 11 years.

Foster carers are not  entitled to claim child benefit or child tax credits in  respect of a foster child.

Children in foster care may be eligible to disability living allowance (DLA) this will be discussed with the child's  social worker.