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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.

Foster Pay

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.

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

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. These include:

  • Where you live. We pay more for areas of the UK where the cost of living is higher. Families living in London and the South East, for example, will receive a higher foster pay allowance than families who live in other parts of England.
  • Whether you’re fostering babies. The allowance for fostering babies falls on the lower end of the pay scale. Likewise, the fostering pay allowance for 16 to 17 year-olds falls at the high end of the scale. Pre-primary, primary, and 11 to 15 year-olds fall in between.
  • The child you foster. Foster care pay tends to be higher when children have specific needs. Some need round-the-clock medical attention, in which case the foster carer gets paid more money to compensate them for the extra care they will be giving.
  • The skills of the foster carer. Some carers have special skills that bring higher levels of foster pay. Medical skills, foster caring experience, and certain types of training that go above and beyond what’s required in order to become a foster carer can all figure into the fostering pay calculation.
  • Your commitment. Sometimes a larger commitment is needed in order to give a child what they need to thrive while they’re in care. That is also a factor in how your foster allowance will be calculated.

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.

Guide to what foster carers get paid cover

If you'd like to find out more, including how to deal with the Panel Review stage and even more details on foster pay, please read our Ultimate Guide to Foster Carers Pay.

What Foster Carers Get Paid Guide

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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