Fostering Payment

We know that foster carers work hard and devote their time, expertise and love to those children who have not had the best start in life.

All carers receive a financial allowance to help with the cost of looking after their foster child.

What the allowance supports

- Food
- Clothing
- Household expenses
- Pocket money
- Bus or travel fares
- Holidays
- Birthdays, Christmas and other festival gifts.

As a foster carer, you will also receive a taxable income in recognition of your dedication.  Foster carers don’t receive a Barnardo’s pension, so we advise you to arrange a private pension plan.

Tax relief and exemptions*

Foster carers benefit from a fixed tax exemption of up to £10,000 per year (less if you foster for a shorter period), so you don’t have to pay tax on the first £10,000 income (after expenses) you make from fostering.

On top of the £10,000 exemption, foster carers also get tax relief for every week that a child is in their care. This means you don’t have to pay tax on some of your earnings over £10,000. You can find more information about tax on the Gov.UK website or by completing the HMRC e-learning course dedicated for foster carers

*All tax relief and exemption information sourced from the Gov.UK website.

Ready to change a child’s life? We believe you can foster, and so should you