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Fostering finance FAQs

Will I receive an income to foster?

Yes, you’ll receive a regular fostering allowance. We offer our carers competitive fees and allowances to reward them for their hard work.

How much of an allowance will I receive for fostering?

This varies from carer to carer and is based on the type of placement you have and the needs of the child in your care. On average though, our foster carers receive over £400 per child, per week.

Do I have to pay tax on my fostering allowance?

Foster carers are classed as self-employed which means you’re entitled to tax relief on your income. You could pay very little, or no, tax or national insurance, depending on your financial circumstances. Visit our tax and benefits page to find out more.

Will I be paid in between fostering placements?

We do not continue to pay fostering allowances in between foster placements, however we always aim to have little time in between placements, should this be your wish.

Can I work while I’m a foster carer?

We ask for at least one foster carer to be available for fostering on a full-time basis, so that we can ensure that the child or young person in your care is being looked after in the best way possible.

However, in some cases it’s still possible for you to continue working on a part-time, flexible basis depending on your individual circumstances. To find out more, give us a call on 0800 434 6000

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
  • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

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