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Do I Get Paid To Become A Foster Carer?

Foster caring is one of the most wonderful things you could ever do, but before applying, it’s likely you have many questions. One of the most common is, ‘Do I get paid to become a foster carer?’

Obviously, supporting a child involves not only helping them emotionally, but feeding and clothing them; it also makes sense that you receive a financial fee for putting your heart on the line, and bringing a child into your life.

Foster carers get generous tax breaks.

The answer as to whether you get paid to become a foster carer is a resounding ‘yes’. You do indeed receive fostering allowances and payments, not just to support a child, but as a fostering fee for you. As a foster carer, you will also enjoy generous tax breaks. Payments depend on numerous factors, including the child’s age and whether they’re part of a sibling group.

Since foster carers count as being self-employed, they can often pay little or no tax.

You can see an example of payment on our website, on the fostering payments and allowance section.

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