Fostering - Finance


We are increasing our fees

From April 2, 2018 we are doubling our foster carer fees in recognition of the life-changing work our carers do.

The increased fees, when combined with the weekly allowance which foster carers receive for each child in their care, means that newly approved foster carers can expect to receive up to £ 279 a week for each child they care for, and experienced carers up to £ 476.

If you have considered fostering before but weren't sure you could afford to, please get in touch now to find out more. Call 0303 333 1216 or complete our online enquiry form.


Fostering fees and allowances

Our fostering payments are a combination of:

1.      A maintenance allowance for the child

2.     A fee paid to the carer

The allowance covers the costs of everything that you need to care for a child such as food, clothing, transport, personal items and household expenses. The foster carers' fee recognises the amount of time they dedicate to fostering, as well as their skills and experience. 

The level of fee and allowance paid varies dependent on the foster carers' experience and the age of the child. Most of our carers start at Level 1, but we offer everyone the opportunity to progress through the fee levels.

Value of allowances
Age of child0-45-1011-1516-17
Weekly allowance( £ ) £ 134.33 £ 148.19 £ 169.68 £ 206.36

NB: An extra 2 weeks allowance is split and paid over 6 weeks in the Summer Holidays, an extra weekly allowance is paid for the Child's birthday and an extra weekly allowance is made at Christmas. 


Value of fees
Weekly fee ( £ ) until April 2 £ 36.33 £ 70.14 £ 135.03
Weekly fee ( £ ) from April 2 £ 72.66 £ 140.28  £ 270.06 


Examples of foster carer payments

Example one: Amy is a single foster carer looking after sisters aged 11 and 16. Her annual payment is around £ 27,000.
Amy is a Level 1 foster carer caring for two sisters, aged 11 and 16, she receives a weekly payment of just over £ 520, which includes the Level 1 fee for both children ( £ 72.66 x 2 = £ 145.32), as well as the allowance for a child aged 11 to 15 ( £ 165.55) and the allowance for a child aged 16 to 17 ( £ 209.51). 

Example two: Couple Matt and Jeff care for three children, all aged between 5-10, and receive fostering payments of more than £ 64,000 annually.
Experienced Level 3 carers Jeff and Matt foster three boys aged, 6, 9 and 10 years old. They receive a weekly payment of just over £ 1200, which includes the Level 3 fee for all three children ( £ 270.06 x3), along with the allowance of £ 144.54 for each of the children. 

Get in touch

We're happy to answer any questions you have about our fees and allowances and whether fostering could be a viable prospect for you: