Financial support for foster carers is made up of two main components - a weekly allowance based on the age of the child or children you foster, and a weekly fee determined by our payment for skills model and based on your fostering skill level.
Foster carer allowance's range from £110 per week for young children to just under £200 per week for over 16s.
Foster carer fee's range from £52 to £261 (for the first child per week).
For short breaks carers there is a daily allowance for each child of £26 per day or £182 per week. Level 3 short breaks carers get a weekly fee of £66, rising to £260 for level 4 short breaks carers.
Carers on the sitting service who care for disabled children in their own homes are paid an hourly rate of £6.40 plus travel expenses.
Additional payments that can be made including an initial clothing allowance, school clothing allowance, child's birthday allowance, Christmas/festival allowance and annual holiday allowance.