Foster Carer Allowances

What are Foster Carer Allowances?

When a child is placed into Foster care, the cost of caring for them is paid to the Foster Carer in the form of a Fostering allowance. This is made up of financial payments that cover the costs of caring for a child and a professional fee for their work. This enables Foster Carers to commit to fostering as a full-time career.


Our Foster Carers deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. Although we know it is impossible to place a monetary value on work that Foster Carers undertake on a day to day basis, our generous allowances take into account the demands of foster caring and the significant role they play in a child or young person’s life.


Excellent Foster Carer Pay

The amount of allowance paid depends on the type of fostering you do, with considerations like the age and  individual needs of the child.


The fees we pay to our Foster Parents vary according to the type of Fostering you do. You’ll receive an excellent weekly pay for each foster child. Typically a Foster Parent could earn £23,400* a year, tax free, Fostering one child (that's the equivalent of a £29,440* taxed salary).


*based on one child in place for 52 weeks in the 2022/23 tax year


Additional Allowances for Foster Carers

As well as your professional fee we offer additional allowances, some that are unique to us, that other Fostering providers do not. Allowances such as:

  • An allowance towards the cost of a holiday for the child
  • An initial clothing allowance and school uniform allowance
  • Help towards the cost of celebrations for children, such as birthdays, Christmas and other festivals.
  • Summer Activity Allowance


If By the Bridge with Cambian seems like the type of agency you would like to foster with then Contact Us for more information to begin your fostering journey.


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