Coronavirus: National lockdown

Stay home. Only go out for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work. Avoid travel unless essential. You must work from home if you can. Schools and essential shops will remain open.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

Fostering a child or young person is one of the most rewarding things that you can do, but we know that it is also hard work and we are here to offer support.

We offer:

  • Competitive payments and allowances (up to £29,000 per year dependent on skills and experience)
  • One to one support with your own social worker
  • Ongoing training to help you provide the best care possible
  • Emergency support line
  • Monthly support group
  • Regular newsletters
  • Free membership of FosterTalk
  • Foster carer discounts 

Tax free earnings

Foster carers are also entitled to a generous tax allowance. There’s a fixed tax exemption of up to £10,000 per year. This means you don’t have to pay tax on the first £10,000 income you make from fostering (after expenses).

On top of the £10,000 exemption, you also get tax relief every week (or part week) that a child is in your care. This means you don’t have to pay tax on some of your earnings over £10,000.

Age of child Tax relief
Under 11 £200 per child, per week / part week
Over 11 £250 per child, per week / part week


Laura is a foster carer for a 14-year-old for the whole of the year and for an 8-year-old for 10 weeks of the year.

She doesn’t have to pay tax on the first £25,000 she earns:

Tax exemption £10,000
+ Child 1 (52 x £250) £13,000
+ Child 2 (10 x £200) £2,000