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All our foster carers receive a maintenance allowance to cover the daily costs of caring for a young person. They also receive an allowance for training and a professional fee for each child placed in their care.

 Age          Fostering
maintenance
allowance 
Training
allowance
Professional
reward
fee 
Total for
professional
     careers     
 0-4  £162  £75.17  £141.73  £378.90
 5-10  £181  £67.22  £141.73  £389.95
 11-15  £206  £103.54  £141.73  £451.27
 16-17  £240  £101.28  £141.73  £483.01
  • A professional reward fee of £108.99 per week for second and subsequent children.
  • The total specialist foster carer rate is up to £815 per week with a retainer of £450 per week for the first 4 weeks when there is no child living with you.
  • £5 is automatically deducted from the allowance for the young person’s savings plan.

The maintenance allowance is paid to all carers and covers the costs of caring for a child including food, clothing, transport, pocket money, hobbies and savings.

The training and placement allowance is paid to those carers who complete their own training, support and development portfolio to a high standard and have shown commitment to attend:

  • the required number of training courses
  • the induction group 
  • monthly foster carers support groups. 

Placement retainer

A placement retainer fee of £139 is paid for professional foster carers for 12 weeks if there is no child in placement. This payment is only available for professional foster carers who are available to foster a wide range of children. This is a payment for your services as a foster carer and if you are available for a child. Foster carers also get a payment for: 

  • the child’s birthday 
  • a religious holiday celebrated by the child
  • a holiday for the child, including for summer holiday outings and towards school trips.

Friends and family foster carers

You may be caring for a child who is subject to a Care Order, meaning you become a foster carer even if the child is known to you and may be related to you. Friends and family foster carers receive special advice and support from a dedicated Permanence team and can attend the same training as other foster carers. The Permanence team will also help you to plan ahead for permanent arrangements for the child.