Fostering is one of the most fulfilling and worthwhile things you can do and while we know that people do not go into fostering for the money it is important that you are recompensed for your time and effort in directly improving outcomes for looked after children.

As a Family First Foster carer you are paid when you have a child living with you and there is an expectation that a proportion of the fostering allowance is allocated to caring for the child (accommodation, food, clothes etc.) and building their self-esteem (hobbies, after-school clubs etc.).

The allowance varies depending on the age of the child, the challenges they bring and the type of fostering placement.

When you foster with us you are classed as self-employed. You’ll pay very little, or no, tax and national insurance.

We recognise the challenges of fostering and the vital role that our foster carers play in the communities they live in. As a result, we firmly believe in treating out foster carers as child care professionals and pay them each a foster carer allowance as a reward for their services and skills.

Employment Status

In order to allow foster carers to take advantage of some tax benefits given to them by the Inland Revenue, all foster carers are deemed to be self-employed. As it is not possible to cover every foster carer’s specific circumstances, we recommend that foster carers seek advice from their local Inland Revenue office once they are approved as a foster carer.

We provide any training you will need and you will become a member of the National Fostering Network who will be able to give you independent advice.

Foster Carer Allowance

Foster carers receive a payment for each young person they look after. As a national fostering agency, we are mindful to take into account government recommended National Minimum Fostering Allowances.

The payment foster carers receive is divided into two parts:

  1. The maintenance element (covering the cost of looking after a child/young person), and
  2. The reward element (in recognition of the foster carer’s skills).

Fostering allowances are paid to foster carers when there is a young person in placement.

The maintenance element covers items, such as:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Pocket Money/Savings
  • Christmas, Birthday or other Festivity Presents
  • Leisure Activities, Including Holidays
  • Transport within a 20 Mile Radius


Payment of the Foster Carer Allowance

Family First Fostering recognises the importance of prompt and regular payments to all its foster carers. We therefore endeavour to pay the fostering allowance by BACS on designated days each week. Payments of foster carer allowances and fees are made promptly at the agreed times and foster carers are provided with a detailed statement of payments at the end of each tax year.

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Family First Fostering Limited
4th Floor, Office 14
Bizniz Point Stratford Ltd
Burrell House
44 Broadway
London E15 1XH