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.
The level of allowance varies according to the age of the child. There are four age bands:
The fostering allowance is broken down into three elements;
Maintenance - This includes:
The following are paid separately and in addition:
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.