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Support for foster carers

We're here to help our carers do an amazing job.  We provide a full range of support, including:

  • Training and development
  • Support groups
  • One to one support
  • Social events
  • Membership to the Fostering Network
  • Therapeutic support
  • Educational support
  • Financial support and assistance

We provide a range of material and other financial support, including: 

  • Essential equipment like beds, bedding and safety gates
  • Help with certain transport costs and other fostering expenses

For friendly advice and support call us on 0113 247 7443.

Frequently asked questions

Is there financial support for foster carers?

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.

What level of fostering can I start on?

New applicants can enter at level 1, 2, 3 or 4 as long as you meet the tasks, skills and competency requirements for that level.

Once you have told us of your interest in fostering, we will arrange a home visit where we will talk to you in more detail about your interest and an appropriate level for you to begin fostering on.

Levels 1 - 3 allow you to foster while you continue to maintain your career or work commitments. Level 4 is a full-time, home-based foster care commitment requiring significant childcare or related experience.