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How Much do Foster Parents get Paid?
Make no mistake, foster care is a viable career that many people choose to grow and develop in. It is a truly rewarding experience that allows you to help change a young person’s life and make a difference. Whilst the personal reward of giving back to society is the reason why many people choose to foster, people also often ask how much foster carers get paid.
It is an important factor in your decision to become a carer and may not be viable for everyone. Make sure you consider your finances before you decide to apply.
A fostering allowance is paid to you for each foster placement you have. This fee is broken down into two parts; the carer professional fee and the child’s allowance which is expected to cover the needs of caring for that person day-to-day.
Looking after a child involves more than just a roof over their head and food on their plate. Fusion Fostering pays an allowance to cover a variety of costs associated with looking after the young person such as pocket money, activities, mileage, clothing and holidays.
Included is also a reward allowance for the carer, this covers the time and skill you have dedicated to complete your role fully.
The allowance below includes the carers reward allowance:
|Parent & Child||£600 – £800|
Higher allowances can sometimes be paid to care for children and young people who have additional needs that require further support, examples include:
The foster parent will require specialist skills to help care for the child and may even have certain experiences or qualifications that make them more suited to care for particular children. This specialist skill will be considered in the allowance paid if agreed and appropriate.
As well as your income, foster carers benefit from specific tax exemptions and rules. The Tax Scheme is called Qualifying Care Relief. For many foster carers, their specific circumstances will mean they pay little to no tax. This is dependent on your individual situation and placements.
As a foster carer, you are treated as self-employed by the Government, the general outline of the tax exemption you can expect is displayed below:*
For more detailed information regarding fees, tax and national insurance, visit the fostering network or the government websites. Alternatively, give us a call and we will be happy to talk about your decision to foster with us and the foster care pay you will receive.
*Please note that it is recommended that you take independent advice on your own tax position and check with HMRC website for the latest allowances.