Financial support for foster carers

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Financial support

Foster carers receive an allowance to support the cost of looking after a child. 

Age of child

Weekly allowance for 2018/19 per child

0-4

£149.51

5-10

£170.31

11-15

£212.02

16-18

£257.93

Extra financial support ranging from £80 to £300 per week is available for foster carers who look after children with disabilities, special needs and challenging behaviour.

Additional allowances 

In addition to a weekly payment, carers receive the following financial support:

  • Festivity, birthday and holiday allowances
  • Essential fostering equipment
  • School clothing allowance
  • Special allowances to encourage leisure activities
  • Mileage and travel expenses
  • Long service bonus of £250 after 5 years and £500 after 10 years and ongoing at 5 year intervals
  • Annual bonus following a successful annual review. Currently £1000 for full time carers and £500 for short-break and respite carers
  • Refer a Friend scheme – foster carers can receive £1000 if a recommendation they make provides a newly approved fostering household 

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