Are Foster Carer's paid?

When a child is placed with a foster carer they will receive a weekly fostering allowance which is intended to cover the costs of looking after a child in foster care, such as clothing, food and pocket money. The amount varies depending on the age of the child.

Foster carers also receive a fee in recognition of their time, skills and experience.

Can single people foster?

Yes. Anyone can apply to foster regardless of whether they are single, married or living with a partner. Also, regardless of whether you have your own children or not, whether you live in your own home or rent, whatever your race, religion or sexuality.

Is there a maximum or minimum age to becoming a foster carer?

There is no legal minimum age to become a foster carer. There is an expectation that foster carers will have sufficient life experience to enable them to meet the needs of children placed with them, and age can be a factor in this.

There is also no official upper age limit on foster care and many older people make excellent carers, providing they are able to look after a child or young person. They bring a wealth of skills and experience to the task and many young people find it easier to relate to an older person.