Our weekly allowances are shown below. All new foster carers will start on tier 2, and in some cases on tier 3 depending on the needs of the child they are caring for.

'Boarding out' allowance per child

  • 0-4 years : £135
  • 5-10 years : £149
  • 11-15 years : £170
  • 16+ years : £198

Additional tier allowance*

  • Tier 2 : Boarding Out + £115
  • Tier 3 : Boarding Out + £230
  • Tier 3+ : Boarding Out and based on child's additional needs

Foster carers then have the opportunity to progress onto tier 3 once they have gained skills and experience and shown willingness to take on extra responsibility.

To give an example, if a foster carer was caring for a sibling group of 3 children aged 5-10 on tier 2, they would receive -

Boarding out allowance   £149 x 3 = £447
Tier 2 allowance  £115 x 3 = £345
Total allowance  £792 per week


Our parent and child placements also have enhanced allowances to reflect the specialist skills needed by our foster carers. As an example, weekly payments are currently £565 for one baby and a parent or £930 for two young children and a parent.

Foster carers also get payments for birthdays, religious festivals and an annual holiday allowance for each child. 

We're happy to answer any questions you have about money, employment or our payment system and allowances. Give us a call on 0300 123 6723 or complete our enquiry form to find out more.

*This allowance is dependent on new foster carers continuing to meet their responsibilities to attend support groups and training. Foster carers who can't meet this requirement will lose the additional tier allowance payment.

Increased allowances

In recognition of the valuable work of foster carers and increasing costs, we have raised our allowances. Newly approved foster carers can expect to receive between £250 and £428 for each child they care for.

If you have considered fostering before but weren't sure you could afford it, please get in touch and find out if it could now be a viable option for you.

Enquire about fostering

If you'd prefer to speak to someone then give us a call on 0300 123 6723.