Payments to foster carers

Financial support for foster carers is made up of two main components – a weekly allowance based on the age of the child or children you foster, and a weekly fee determined by our payment for skills model and based on your fostering skill level.

Fostering

2018 foster carer allowances (per child):

0-4 year olds: £147.18

5-10 year olds: £167.65

11-16 year olds: £208.70

16-18 year olds: £253.89

Foster carer fees:

Level 1 – not payable

Level 2 - £76, after 6 months of fostering

Level 3 - £151, after 2 ½ years of fostering

Level 4 - £226, after 4 years of fostering