You may be eligible for a retainer fee if you do not have a placement. This will be dependent on how may weeks you have fostered prior to you not having a placement. Most of our foster carers are consistently
All foster carers must register as self-employed, so must register to pay National Insurance contributions. You can get information on this by visiting the HMRC website: www.hmrc.gov.uk
Foster carers can often receive tax credits. Fostering counts as self-employment, so you may be entitled to Working Tax Credit (and also Child Tax Credit if you have children of your own). You need to get advice about tax credits,
The weekly foster care allowance fee covers all day-to-day expenses associated with caring for a child or young person. The maintenance element covers items such as: Food Clothing Toiletries Leisure activities, including holidays Pocket money / savings Christmas, birthdays or
The foster allowance foster carers receive varies depending on the type of placement, age of the child and the child’s individual needs. Whatever the circumstances, the Swiis payments to our carers are amongst the most rewarding in the industry.
While you do not need a driving licence to foster, the reality is that it is extremely difficult if you don’t have access to a car. There are meetings to attend and children often need to be transported to school,
Foster children cannot share a bedroom (unless they are a young sibling group), they must have their own bedroom. Having their own room promotes security, privacy and a sense of having something that is 'just their's'.
Whilst some foster children will enjoy having pets in the home, others may be frightened or not feel comfortable with this. We have a policy regarding pets and will make recommendations dependent on how many animals you have and how
Fostering will impact your children in various ways. It’s really important you talk to your children about the impact fostering may have on them. We also provide access to experienced social workers to help understand how fostering might affect your
Your foster training and dedicated support team will help you to cope with a range of challenging behaviours. We will also try to “match” a child with you and your family as closely as possible to ensure a stable and