How Much Do Foster Carers Get Paid & How To Become A Foster Carer?

How Much Do Foster Carer’s Get Paid?

Foster carers receive weekly payments to cover the cost of caring for a child. These payments varying depending on where you are living in the UK, what age the child you are caring for is, and if they have special needs. If you have certain skills or make a large commitment to fostering children, you may also be eligible for a higher benefit.

As of 2017-18, the minimum weekly payments foster carers are eligible for are:

London:

    – Babies: £114
    – Pre Primary: £147
    – Primary: £165
    – 11 to 15: £187
    – 16 to 17: £219

South East:

    – Babies: £138
    – Pre Primary: £142
    – Primary: £158
    – 11 to 15: £179
    – 16 to 17: £211

Rest of England:

    – Babies: £125
    – Pre Primary: £128
    – Primary: £141
    – 11 to 15: £161
    – 16 to 17: £188

How To Become A Foster Carer?

Anyone can apply to become a foster carer. Of utmost importance is, firstly, your ability to care for a child and provide a stable home.

However, in your application, the following things are also considered:

    – References
    – Health, background and lifestyle
    – Experience of parenting or caring for children
    – Your ability to provide a nurturing environment
    – An assessment of your home
    – Working hours