Foster carer payments and support

Payments and allowances

We offer generous and competitive foster care payments when looking after a child. Payments to foster carers are made on weekly basis.

Our fostering payments have 2 parts:

  • maintenance payment – to cover the cost of caring for a child or young person
  • reward payment – for the foster carer, as a fee paid for their work

In addition, our foster carers who live in Thurrock are exempt from paying council tax – this is an exclusive benefit for foster carers who foster with Thurrock Council.

The weekly payment amount will depend on the age of the child and the type of foster care you provide. For example, a higher amount is paid if a child has complex or high needs. Find out more about the different types of foster care.

Care Skills payments

Care Skills is our standard rate of payment for foster care.

Child's age, in years Weekly payment Annual equivalent
0 to 4 £347 £18,093.57
5 to 10 £368 £19,188.57
11 to 15 £410 £21,378.57
16 or over £452 £23,568.57

As a Care Skills foster carer, your reward payment is £200 each week – that's £10,428.57 for you personally if you foster for a full year.

Care Skills+

Care Skills+ is our rate for looking after a child or young person with more complex needs.

Child's age, in years Weekly payment Annual equivalent
0 to 4 £397 £20,700.71
5 to 10 £418 £21,795.71
11 to 15 £460 £23,985.71
16 or over £502 £26,175.71

As a Care Skills+ foster carer, your reward payment is £250 each week – that's £13,035.71 for you personally if you foster for a full year.

High Need Rate

High Need Rate is paid in exceptional circumstances to carers who look after a child and young person with the highest needs.

Child's age, in years Weekly payment Annual equivalent
0 to 4 £497 £25,915.00
5 to 10 £518 £27,010.00
11 to 15 £560 £29,200.00
16 or over £602 £31,390.00

As a High Need Rate foster carer, your reward payment is £300 each week – that's £15,642.86 for you personally if you foster for a full year.

More information

You can get information on foster carer tax, benefits and pensions at GOV.UK: foster carers and The Fostering Network website.

You can use the form below to let us know if you're interested in fostering.

I'm interested in fostering

Fostering team

: 0800 652 1256 (freephone)

: fostering.adoption@thurrock.gov.uk