Weekly pay for foster carers

Foster carers get allowances to cover the day-to-day expenses of caring for the child. We will also pay you a professional fostering fee.

Rates for less than two years' service

Allowance rates for 2023–24 including professional fostering fee (for carers with less than two years service):

  • £279.92 to £353.07 per child, per week

Higher rates available

Your experience as a foster carer is valuable to us and the children waiting for a family. Please talk to us about the special weekly rates we offer:

  • up to £373.07 for experienced carers
  • further enhanced rates based on the needs of the child for a period of time

Weekly allowance rates when caring for children of all ages with disabilities:

  • £414.14 to £434.14

Weekly allowance rate for parent(s) and child placements:

  • £831.09 to £1,456.99

Additional payments

There are additional payments for festivals like Christmas, mileage or day care. Please get in touch for more information regarding any payments which may be available for our foster carers.

Tax, national insurance and benefits

It's important that you understand what fostering will mean for your finances, now and in the future.  As a foster carer you may be entitled to claim benefits and tax credits.  Foster carers are self-employed and as such, you need to be aware of government requirements for tax and national insurance contributions.

There is a whole range of information to help.  As an approved foster carer for ESCC, you will become a member of The Fostering Network who have lots of free resources to help you with advice and information and you can refer to www.gov.uk too.

When you foster with ESCC we provide you with a bespoke calculator tool which you can use to help work out your Qualifying Care Relief (a special tax threshold specifically for foster carers).  Each year we provide you with all the annual figures you will need to submit in your tax return too.

Some useful links:

Transferring to East Sussex County Council Fostering Service

You can still transfer with a child already in placement, even if they are placed with you by another local authority. We will guarantee that you continue with the same rate of payment for the duration of that placement. We can discuss payment for experienced and transferring foster carers in more detail when you contact us.

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