The types of foster care each demand different experience, training and skills from a foster carer. We have a framework that sets out how much you will get paid for fostering, depending on these factors.
Becoming a foster carer is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I put it off for years thinking I would be turned down, but looking back I wish I had done it a lot sooner.
Below are some examples of different types of foster care and roughly how much a foster carer can earn. The majority of foster carers don’t pay tax, though as a self-employed foster carer you will have to make national insurance payments.
Emergency fostering comes at short notice, when a baby, child or young person needs to be rehomed immediately. You can earn more than £400 a week, tax-free, for this type of foster care.
Short-term (or temporary) foster care is required in the interim before children can be moved to a longer-term family or be returned to their family home. You can earn around £400 a week, tax-free, for this type of foster care.
Parents will develop their skills whilst they learn from you over 12 weeks. You can earn around £400 a week, tax-free, for this type of foster care.
The child remains with a foster family for several years or up until they are ready to take care of themselves. You can earn more than £400 a week, tax-free, for this type of foster care.
Bridging is a type of short-term foster care which takes place when babies or very young children need a temporary home before moving on to somewhere more permanent. You can earn more than £570 a week, tax free, for this type of foster care.
Can you provide a home for two or more brothers or sisters in a stable environment together? You can earn more than £400 a week, per child, tax-free, for this type of foster care.
As we mentioned, some types of foster care attract a higher weekly fostering allowance through special circumstances.
Children might have experienced abuse or neglect, affecting their behaviours, or they may have a learning difficulty or disability. You can earn around £500 a week, tax-free, for this type of foster care.
Sometimes we need to place a child in a foster home where there are no other children. You can earn up to £600 a week, tax-free, for this type of foster care.
You might already have an idea of what kind of fostering appeals to you. Please get in touch – we can discuss the application process and talk more about how much you will get paid as a foster carer.