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How Much Does Fostering Pay?

If you're interested in fostering a child, here's what you can expect to get paid.

Fostering Pay

Before deciding to foster, many people want to know, how much do foster carers get paid? Essentially, all foster carers are rewarded with a weekly payment, as well as other financial incentives during every foster placement. Quite often, these come in the way of reward payments, tax relief and a generous fostering allowance.

Much like with any other profession or vocation, we understand finances play a big part as to whether a person decides to become a foster parent or not. So, when the question of 'do foster carers get paid?' arises, we’re only too happy to help answer it.

Being a foster carer is all about providing a safe environment for children in need. Foster caring can be a full-time job and we believe in providing a level of foster care pay that helps you meet the demands of the job.

Nobody expects you to do it for free.

After all, it’s only right that you are justly compensated for the crucial role you will play in a child’s future.

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Discover what you can get paid for Fostering and what benefits you can claim through the process. Simply complete the following form and you will be able to download the guide immediately.

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    Do fostering agencies pay the same?

    Fostering pay can vary from agency to agency.

    Perpetual Fostering knows that becoming a foster parent is both challenging and deeply rewarding. In addition to providing an unparalleled level of in-depth training and support for foster carers, we also maintain a competitive level of foster care pay for the carers in our network.

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    Foster Parent Allowances

    We provide all our foster carers with a weekly fostering allowance which is designed to cover the costs of caring for a child or young person. We’ll take always into account the age and requirements of a child when calculating a fostering allowance.

    The aim of the weekly foster care allowance is to cover the cost of food, clothing, laundry and any other expenses that are likely to be incurred whilst fostering a child or young person. For example, the petrol you spend driving to and from trampolining club three times a week.

    Becoming a foster parent is rewarding because you'll make a big difference in the life of a child who needs you. But, of course, you’re not expected to cover the costs by yourself. The fostering pay allowance ensures that you're able to cover basic needs for the child in your care.

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    And beyond the basics of food and shelter, there's shopping for clothing to wear to school, the occasional gift, and even a little extra so you can take holidays together — all these things take money.

    Which is why we pay a little extra — something you won't find everywhere you go.

    Can I claim benefits while fostering a child?

    Yes. In addition to their fostering allowance, foster carers also receive the following benefits:

    • A tax exemption. There’s a tax exemption that can be as much as £10,000. That’s for an entire year of foster caring.
    • Tax relief. On top of the exemption, foster carers also get £200 or £250 per child per week. This is tax-free earnings over and above the £10,000 exemption you get.

    What is a typical foster pay allowance?

    That's an important question because the answer is slightly complicated.

    Fostering pays from £127 up to £450 per week (and more).

    The reason for the very large range is that the fostering pay you end up receiving will depend on a lot of different factors.

    We know that foster carers do some of the most important work there is — work that is far-reaching as well as critical in the lives of so many young people.

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    What's the process for becoming a foster carer?

    We'll be honest — it takes some preparation to become qualified to become a foster parent. There are some basic requirements like being financially stable (outside of your foster care pay) and being in reasonably good health.

    And even though that's just the beginning, we've helped thousands of people understand the process for becoming a foster carer so they can qualify.

    About Perpetual Fostering

    We have supported more than 1,000 carers and children over more than 20 years.

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    We're committed to supporting the children we place and helping them fulfil their potential. Our foster families and children build such successful relationships because we're committed to meeting everyone's emotional and professional needs.

    Whether you’re just thinking about becoming a foster carer or have many years' experience, we'll be with you every step of the way.

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    What's next?

    We're more than happy to answer any questions you might have about fostering. Please feel free to fill in the form below and someone will drop you an email back. Alternatively you can call us on 0800 009 6399. You're under no obligation - it's just an informal chat at this stage.

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