Why Foster?

Allowances and payments

‘The mind-set is refreshing; the value base is all about the children’

(Ofsted report 2016)

Foster carers receive a fee which consists of both a maintenance and reward component.

Carers can expect to earn between £22,100 and £30940 per year (this includes both  components) for one child which could increase to £66,300 - £80,340 for three children in placement (includes both fee components).  As a Foster Carer you will also be eligible for generous additional tax relief, further details can be found on the HMRC website this could mean paying little or no tax..

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You will also receive additional support in the way of:

  • Birthday allowances
  • School clothing support payment
  • Parent & Child new placement support
  • Child holiday support payment
  • Generous additional Tax Relief (visit HMRC)
  • Qualify for Working Tax Credits / Child Tax Credit (subject to household circumstances)
  • 20 days paid respite ("in lieu" payment if not all taken*)
  • Free Membership to "Foster Talk" (including discounts on services, products and some attractions , free Tax Advice, Free Legal Advice)
  • A highly experienced team to support you.  These include Social Workers, Therapists, Admin and experts in Placements and Education.   They will always be there to support you
  • Social events throughout the year for all the family
  • Support groups to meet up with other carers 
  • Managers and Director that always have time to listen

*inline with Lighthouse policy

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