Foster carers receive a weekly (or daily if part-time) fee and an allowance for the children they care for based on their age.

The fee and allowance are paid every 2 weeks directly into your bank or building society account.

Foster Carer Employment Status

Foster carers are self-employed. This means you will be responsible for organising your own tax contributions and pension situation.

You can find more information about fostering and taxes on the HMRC website. We recommend the e-learning for foster carers that can be found on their website.

Once you are registered as a foster carer, you will be able to access financial advice from Foster Talk.

The Fostering Fee

As a new carer you will normally start as a Level 1 carer. You will have the opportunity to work towards Level 2 status after a year of being qualified and you have completed the Fostering Training Standards and demonstrated your developing skills as a foster carer.

To become a Level 3 carer you will need to have fostered for a few years, demonstrated on-going learning and development and become involved with development opportunities in the wider fostering service. Your social worker will be able to advise you how to meet these requirements.

If you are already a foster carer looking to transfer to us from another fostering agency, visit our transfer page for more information.


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The Fostering Allowance

For each child you care for you will receive a fostering allowance. The weekly allowance will depend on the age of the child.

The allowance helps to cover the cost of caring for a child for example for food, clothing, activities, increase in household bills.


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You will also receive an additional week's allowance for the child’s birthday and one to cover religious holiday expenses in November.