Looking after a child involves more than just putting a roof over their head. Therefore, foster carers receive a generous allowance which is intended to cover various costs such as clothing, pocket money, travel etc. On top of this foster carers also receive a fee on top of the child allowances plus two weeks annual respite.
As foster carers are classed as self-employed, they benefit from specific tax exemptions. This scheme is called the Qualifying Care Relief.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…
DO I NEED A SPARE ROOM?
Yes, to become a foster carer you will need a spare room so that any child that may come to live with you has their own space.
CAN I FOSTER IF I LIVE IN RENTED ACCOMMODATION?
CAN I STILL WORK IF I BECOME A FOSTER CARER?
I AM SINGLE, CAN I STILL FOSTER?
WHAT TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE?