Foster carer payments and support

Payments and allowances

Payments to foster carers are made on weekly basis.

Weekly payments

Child's age, in years Care Skills Care Skills+ High Need Rate
0 to 4 £347 £397 £497
5 to 10 £368 £418 £518
11 to 15 £410 £460 £560
16 or over £452 £502 £602

What's included in these payments

These payments include your fee:

  • Care Skills fee – £200
  • Care Skills+ fee – £250
  • High Need Rate fee – £300

The rest of the payment is an allowance to cover the cost of caring for a child or young person.

We review all fees and allowances each year. 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