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Foster Care Allowance

Fostering can be a rewarding career choice with generous and competitive payments

Fostering can be a rewarding career choice and just like any other profession you will be compensated financially.

Information of foster care Payments and allowances

We often get asked ‘do foster carers get paid?‘ Well, the short answer is of course yes, but We do provide generous foster care payment packages made up of a reward element, specified by Perpetual Fostering, and a maintenance foster care allowance which covers the cost of looking after a child. These fostering payments are subject to substantial tax relief.

An explanation of how much do foster carers get paid and foster care payments and tax relief are calculated is available below:


Fostering Reward payments

The reward element will reflect a foster carer’s level of experience, skill set and the type of placement involved. Experienced foster carers can qualify for higher payments with Perpetual Fostering by demonstrating higher skill levels and by agreeing to mentor their peers.


Foster Care Allowance

The foster care maintenance allowance covers the cost of looking after a child or young person on a weekly basis. The weekly allowance is intended to cover living costs such as food, clothes, basic travel, and household bills. The amount received depends on the age of the child in care.


Tax Relief Opportunities

As a foster carer you will receive favourable tax treatment on income derived solely from fostering. For example:

A foster carer who looks after two children aged 11 or over, for a year, would receive the first £36,000 of their income tax free.

This tax relief does not affect your personal tax allowance which you will still receive on any earnings above this limit. Further information on how foster care tax relief is calculated is available from HMRC. As an agency we would advise you to seek private financial advice in regards to taxation.


Further information

How much each foster carer gets paid is dependent on many variables. If you would like to receive a more accurate idea of the figure you are likely to receive or the salary of a foster carer , please contact our team and we will answer those questions for you.

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