Allowances & Support
A variety of practical and financial support will be made available to you if you become a foster carer.
Payments for fostering
For those thinking about taking that step and starting their journey towards becoming a foster carer, it is important to consider the allowances you will receive. Not having the concern of financial implications of looking after a child or young person could make the difference in deciding whether to fill out the application form. All foster carers are entitled to financial support, which you will receive in the form of a weekly or fortnightly payment, to cover the costs of caring for a child or young person.
Payments for fostering consist of an allowance and a fee. The fee is structured upon the national pay levels for fostering.
The fee will be paid directly to you by your local authority, or by your foster care agency.
The fostering allowance will cover the everyday costs of looking after a child or young person. This may include:
- Extra household expenses
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The fostering allowance will be based on the age of the child or young person, and any needs they may have. In some cases, a foster carer may be given an additional allowance if they have an especially challenging placement, in recognition of the greater time and effort needed to support and care for the child.
The fostering allowance and fees also take into account that either you, or your partner, will have to be available full time to look after the child or young person.
Once approved, your local authority or agency will provide you with comprehensive training. The main support you will receive will be from the social worker who has been allocated to you by the local authority or agency. This will be your supervising social worker. Your supervising social worker will support and guide you while you are looking after children or young people. You will have frequent contact with them, whether it be a home visit or via telephone.
You will also get support from the child’s social worker, and any other professionals concerned.
It is important to note that, in addition to the support you receive from your social worker and fostering team, the support of your family, friends, and neighbours is vital. To be a successful foster carer it is very important to have a strong support network around you and within your community.
If you feel that fostering might be for you then click HERE for a free guide to fostering. This guide will hopefully answer many of your questions.
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