Last updated:
9 June 2017

Foster care allowances

Find out about the financial support available for foster carers in West Sussex.

There are two elements of payment that a foster carer receives - the All Inclusive Allowance (child maintenance allowance) and the Skills Fee.

The All Inclusive Allowance varies according to the age of the child or children you are looking after. The Skills Fee is your reward for fostering. This increases with the number of children placed and with your level of training and experience.

As you would with your own household budget, you will be expected to manage your fostering allowance to cover the costs involved with supporting a child.

The table below gives you the total payment rates for a foster carer with one child (the Skills Fee and All Inclusive Allowance combined).

These payments increase with the number of children in placement. Further details are provided in the document below.

All-Inclusive Allowance and Skills Fee (combined)

Foster care rates for the first child effective from 1 April 2017

Age of childSkills Level 1Skills Level 2Skills Level 3
0-4 £241.57 £274.26 £385.63
5-10 £270.62 £303.31 £414.68
11-15 £296.31 £329.00 £440.37
16-18 £339.64 £372.33 £483.70

Parent and Child Allowance

Parent and child foster carers receive a weekly rate of £735.70 per placement.

This enhanced rate reflects the complexity, time, commitment and demands of this type of placement.

To find out more, contact us online with your fostering enquiry.

 

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