There are 2 main payments you will receive as a foster carer: one is for you, the other is to cover the cost of the child in placement.
This is the amount that foster carer earn for their skills.
|General carers||£130 per week|
|Advanced carers||£280 per week|
|Therapeutic foster carers||£300 per week per child|
Weekly fostering allowances
This allowance is also called the 'boarding out allowance'. It should cover the full cost of looking after each child, and is reviewed annually.
|A||Under 5 years||£142.86|
|B||5 to 10 years||£162.73|
|C||11 to 15 years||£202.58|
|D||16 years and over||£246.44|
Working out your total allowance
The amount you receive as a foster carer will depend on which type of carer you are and the age of the child you have in placement.
For example, if you are a 'general carer' and are fostering a 6 year-old child, you would receive £292.73 per week – which is your £130 weekly payment, plus a £162.73 fostering allowance.
Other allowances may be payable – for example, for help with furniture, bedding and other basic requirements.