It’s important to consider fostering for the right reasons, but we also recognise that income is an important consideration – after all, you need to know you can maintain financial stability whilst fostering and continue to support your own family too.
Types of payments and allowances
We provide weekly allowances to foster carers based on the age of the child, which are to cover the costs of the child’s food, clothes, pocket money, and activities.
Our carers then progress through the payment levels 1-4, gaining experience, further training, and the vital skills needed to make a difference to Leicestershire’s children and young people in care.
We pay mileage of 45 pence per mile to our foster carers in relation to transporting our children to school and appointments.
There are several other allowances available from Leicestershire County Council to support you to look after our children. These include:
- a start-up fee of £350.00 to help you prepare for your fostering journey
- uniform and clothing allowances
- a festival allowance paid for religious holidays
- a birthday allowance, to ensure our children and young people get to enjoy their special days
- holiday allowances and help with school trips abroad
As a guide, here are our current payments to foster carers, per child, per week:
Additional support for carers
We also believe that payment is not just about the money. It's essential that our carers are supported in their role, and this is why every carer will have their own supervising social worker, access to support 24/7, and our dedicated support team.
We also have a very popular annual foster carer’s awards event and foster carer fun days and picnics throughout the year. Our foster-carer-led locality support groups are also a valuable source of support but most excitingly, this year will be our first Fostering Festival - a camping experience for all.
As members of The Fostering Network, our carers will also have access to offers and reductions including mortgage deals, house insurance offers, and reduced admittance to theme parks. We are also members of New Family Social, where you have access to support, information, and member forums.
Examples of payments for our foster carers
We have some case studies based on 2023/24 payments and allowances. Please see the examples below of some of our different fostering roles and the payments they attract.
Where you see Level 1 carer, this is the start out level for new foster carers.
All carers are supported to progress through the skills level from 1-4 through training and personal development. Some applicants may start at a higher level with relevant skills or experience.
Janu and Rob's story
Janu and Rob are level 1 carers, they foster Jack who is 11 years old and loves football!
They receive £248.90 per week in fostering allowances, plus additional payments for holidays, birthdays, religious festivals, and their mileage.
When they were first approved, they received a £350 set up allowance to get ready for their fostering journey.
Paul and Richard's story
Paul and Richard are level 1 mainstream foster carers, for Abbie, who is 6 and her little brother Seb who is 3.
They receive fostering allowances of £417.70 per week.
When Abbie started school, Paul and Richard received a school uniform allowance of £121.20 to kit her out ready for her new venture
Hamza and Sameera's story
Hamza and Sameera are level 2 carers and foster Zahir who is nearly 1, his brother Faisal who is 12, and their big sister Jasmin who is 16 (very busy household!).
They receive £770.00 per week in fostering allowances. They also receive additional payments for holidays, birthdays, religious festivals - and their mileage is paid.
Gemma and Mya's story
Gemma and her partner Mya are level 3 carers and foster Faye who is 14.
They receive £348.40 per week fostering allowance.
They are taking Faye on holiday with them this year and will receive a holiday allowance for this too.
Parent and Child
Lynette is a Parent and Child foster carer. Her role is to support and encourage parent and child bonding and to help plan for their future.
She currently receives £783.90 per week fostering allowance.
When Lynette started fostering, she received a £350 set up allowance to get a room ready for fostering.
Supported Lodgings Provider
Tim (56) has enjoyed helping several young people aged 16+ on their journey to gain independence.
He works full-time but most days he gets home in time to cook up a meal for them to share and chat about their day together. Tim has supported 4 young people so far and says:
It’s simple really. If you like young people, understand some of the issues they may face, and can just offer a helping hand, this role is perfect for you. It’s great to see them grow in confidence and go off into the world.
Person:Tim, Supported Lodgings Provider
Tim receives £286.50 per week as a Supported Lodgings Provider.
Supported Lodgings Plus
Mike is a SLP+ (Supported Lodgings Plus) carer. He doesn’t work, so he is available for Jack (16), the young person he cares for.
Mike takes Jack to college and supports him to gain as much independence as possible.
Mike receives an allowance of £562.50 per week in addition to mileage etc.
Tim and Nicole's story
Tim and Nicole are Pathway carers for Issi, who is 14, and Charlotte, who is 16.
Tim is a teacher at a local college, so has lots of experience with young people.
They receive £511.65 per week per young person, and an additional £756 in fostering allowances per week.
Meg is one of our specialist foster carers. She provides One2One care for Zach who has been with her for 3 months now.
Meg previously worked in a school supporting children with Special Education Needs.
She receives £765.60 per week in addition to £175.50 per week in fostering allowance.
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