Foster care finance can be confusing for everyone involved in fostering. We have been at the forefront of foster care finance for over thirty-five years and produce a wide range of resources and productions to help you support foster carers with financial issues including our Signpost booklets on benefits, insurance and tax and national insurance.
Our work on foster care finance doesn't end with our publications. Our recommended minimum allowances have been the benchmark for fostering allowances since 1975 and one of the three main issues in our Together for Change campaign is the low levels of pay for foster carers in the UK.
The governments in England and Wales set National Minimum Allowances, Northern Ireland use the rates set in England and in Scotland, guidance states that fostering services should be aware of our recommended minimum allowances when setting allowances.
We provide a range of resources and publications to help fostering services make sense of foster care finance. Staff at organisations that are members of the Fostering Network should log in to access exclusive members-only resources.