Fostering allowances and pay

At Unity Foster Care we are focused on providing high quality placements for children, which meet their needs and promote their development. We achieve our objective by building and developing a community of highly skilled foster carers.


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  • Our Foster Carers need to be car drivers and have easy access to a vehicle so they can transport their children to school, clubs and meetings.
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Financial Support

We recognise that looking after a child or young person has financial implications, which is why we provide a generous fostering package which includes a monthly fostering payment, plus other allowances. The fostering payment is made up of two elements: a fee and an allowance, both of which are payable when caring for a child or young person. The monthly fee is a reward payment in recognition of your skills, training and development and the allowance is to cover the cost of caring for the child or young person.

We also provide financial support for Summer Holidays, Religious Festivals and Birthdays, for each of the young people you care for. We also offer 12 nights of respite for each child over a 12 month period, which is funded by us.

Fostering and paying income tax

As a foster carer you are classed as self-employed for tax and national insurance purposes, so you need to register with HMRC. As a foster carer with Unity Foster Care you will receive membership to FosterTalk, an independent organisation who offer advice on a range of issues. Your membership will also include access to an experienced tax advice team who can offer expert advice on self-employment and state benefits.

For more information on government guidelines for fostering payments: