Understanding your fostering allowance entitlements
All foster carers get fostering allowances to cover the cost of caring for a child or young person. This page will tell you everything you need to know about fostering allowances when you are thinking about applying.
Allowance rates vary depending on which part of the country you live in, but for carers with Apple Fostering, our rates are set as below.
- > For a child under 13, you will receive £372 per week
- > For over-13s you get £412 per week.
You could get more if:
- > The child has specific needs ie would otherwise be in residential care
- > You are fostering a mother and baby
Some of the things you will be expected to pay for when fostering a child or young person are:
- > Accommodation and food (food includes lunch at school/college)
- > School outings/visits in the UK
- > Clothing – replacement of clothing, school uniform, sports clothing
- > Equipment and resources – school books, general equipment and extra curricular activities
- > Pocket money, birthday and festive presents
- > Toiletries, hair and skin care products, regular hair cuts/appointments
- > Telephone calls to family members and social services
- > Day-to-day transport
- > Family outings and agreed leisure activities
The allowance will also help you to pay for things like heating, water, fuel, food, etc. Fostering allowances are paid to carers fortnightly, two weeks in arrears. Carers who receive fostering allowances will be entitled to tax relief and some tax exemptions. We provide all of our carers with membership to www.fostertalk.org/memberships, which provide tax advice for foster carers.
If you’d like to speak to us about fostering allowances then please call us on 0345 057 3845 or complete our online enquiry form. Read more on becoming a foster carer.
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