Allowances for foster carers

Allowances for foster carers

Diagrama foster carers are valued members of our team and it is important that you not only have your expenses covered, but that you also receive a professional fee for your dedicated work, as foster caring is a skilled and demanding career.

Diagrama foster carers receive a competitive allowance which takes into account the needs of each individual child.

How much does fostering pay?

Our foster carers work on a self-employed basis and are paid a minimum fee of £400 per child, per week, depending on the needs of each placement. From that, you must make weekly savings (currently £10 per child) and provide appropriate pocket money. This payment also covers expenses for clothing, including school uniforms, shoes, coats etc as well as any clubs and costs associated with that.

Additional payments/ holiday cover

All Diagrama foster carers will receive additional bonus payments to help for birthdays (£100), holidays (£100) and festive celebrations, such as Christmas etc (£100).

We also provide 14 days’ paid holiday every year to allow carers and their families to take a well-earned break.

Tax relief for foster carers

The Government offers additional tax exemptions for foster carers. For example, if you have one child (aged under 11) in your care for 52 weeks a year, you would receive just under £21k a year, before expenses, and would be tax exempt. This could rise to £41,600 a year for fostering two teenage children (equivalent of a taxed salary around £57k).