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.
How much do you get paid for fostering?
Once approved, you’ll receive foster care pay (known as a fostering allowance) in the region of £22,000 a year. For almost all foster carers, this will be tax free and will not affect benefits you’re currently receiving. You will also be eligible for our Bridging Retainer Payments.
However, at the beginning, it’s difficult to estimate an exact figure you’ll get paid for fostering. You might earn more than £22,000 a year for full-time fostering – some types of fostering placement pay more than £35,000 a year. Or you might earn less.
This is because:
● Your skills, experience and situation are unique
● Foster children in your care have different needs
● Certain types of foster care are in demand
For example, we usually want to keep brothers and sisters together in the same family where possible, for example, but this requires a larger home (and energy reserve!) than some foster carers have.
Similarly, foster children with special or complex needs might need a specific skill set that not all foster carers have yet. (Don’t forget, if there’s a particular type of foster care you are interested in, we offer free training.)
How much do foster carers earn for the different types 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.
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.
As we mentioned, some types of foster care attract a higher weekly fostering allowance through special circumstances.
Weekly pay for foster children with complex and challenging behaviours
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.
Weekly pay for foster children who need to be the sole child
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.
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