How Much do Foster Parents get Paid?

While fostering attracts people who want to make a change in the lives of children and young people, not far behind is the question of how much foster parents get paid. As a foster carer, can you bring in enough money to make it a viable career choice?

The short answer is “yes.” Becoming a foster carer and caring for a child who desperately needs you is its own reward but there are financial benefits as well. It’s not the same as being employed outside the home because as a foster parent, there is rarely time away from the job. Find out everything you need to know about foster care pay today.

Fostering Allowance UK

There are standards set by the government that independent agencies such as FosterCare UK use as a guideline for the compensation paid to their foster carers. There is a minimum basic fostering pay per child in care which is based on the child’s age and geographic location.

This basic weekly fostering allowance covers general household expenses, food, mileage, school meals, the child’s clothing, and pocket money. Beyond this, there is a weekly fee that is measured on each child’s individual special needs.

Types of Fostering Pay

There are several types of foster care and the fee differs depending upon the level of need. For example, if you decide to provide a therapeutic fostering placement you can expect to receive £510 per week from us. If you take on a parent and child placement we offer £700 per week. 

If the foster parent discovers something that can improve the child’s daily life, the agency is able to discuss how it can help with the cost. On average, at FosterCare UK we pay an allowance of approximately £495 per week, per child.

So, how much do foster carers get paid?

It’s difficult to confirm the exact amount a foster carer will get paid, as it usually depends on the number of children you support, and the individual needs of those children. However, it is safe to say, that allowances at FosterCare UK are much more than the minimum weekly fostering allowance, which was set by the government:

For 2017-2018, the minimum weekly fostering allowance nationally in the UK is as follows:

  • Babies: £125
  • Pre Primary: £128
  • Primary: £141
  • 11 to 15: £161
  • 16 to 17: £188

The additional fees at FosterCare UK are paid on top of this allowance in recognition of the work foster carers do in caring for children. Higher fostering allowances are also paid if children have an increased level of needs because of physical, emotional, or mental challenges. If, for instance, a disabled child needs mobility equipment or specialised therapy, the fostering agency provides the funds.

Need more information on foster care pay, or still wondering how much the fostering allowance will be for your family? Get in touch with one of our fostering experts today at FosterCare UK.

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