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Here at Welcome Foster Care, we believe that carers should get all the support they deserve; that also includes the financial payments and support, as we understand the issues that carers face, especially if they have no means of income, being a full-time foster carer.

Very few, if any, go into fostering for the financial reward. However, we believe that it is important that foster carers are given financial payments that cover the ‘costs’ of caring for children in foster care as well as a ‘reward’ element that recognises your time and effort.

Depending on where you are in the country, due to regional differences in costs of living, the amount paid can not be set out as an exact figure.

However, depending on the region, we pay around £300 per week, per foster child. This figure may vary, could be more in case of a specialist fostering placement, and each case is reviewed individually. Sometimes these payments may be less and sometimes they may be more depending on the age of the child and their individual needs. This figure is also determined by where the carer lives.

As a carer, you are self-employed, but have to pay very little tax (or zero, in some cases) as you get tax relief.

Our payments are competitive, and paid bi-weekly.

To see the support we can provide, and how much you are entitled to as a foster carer, get in touch now by clicking here, or simply give us a call on 020 3397 3332 for the London/South England office, or 020 3397 3332 for the Lancaster/North England office.


This is a common question asked by potential carers, and carers currently undergoing the fostering assessment.

The fostering assessment itself is designed to be detailed and thorough. Whilst we understand the frustration that long forms may cause, and how they take a while to fill out, the explanation is rather straightforward. Taking up fostering is a life changing event, and for most, its a decision to be made with the same level thought applied to that of say, getting married, or moving homes or jobs etc.

We need to ensure that you, your family, and your property are well suited for a young individual who may have had a challenging upbringing, or to ensure that we find suitable placements to suit you.

Also, due to the nature of fostering, we need to perform background checks as part of the fostering assessment, for the child(ren)’s safety.

Ultimately, we aim to have a successful result for the carer and the young person, and the only way we can do that is by ensuring we have all the relevant information for our records, and for the statutory laws that are in place to govern the foster care system. We also need to be sure that the placement is suitable for yourself as a carer, and right for the young person, as we need to facilitate both.

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To learn more about the application process and how to get started, click here, or on the button below.

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To read about the actual assessment process, please take a look at “Your Assessment” by clicking here, or on the button below.

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There is also a free of charge training event, as well as a house visit, and again, these are simply to ensure that you have the skill, attitude and can foster a child or young person. To read more about the training click here, or the button below.

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Alongside all this, we have managed to reduce the form down, making it much simpler to fill out, and as always, feel free to give us a call if you need a hand with any aspect of the application process.

If you need any more information or advice on fostering, or would like to know more about the application process, please feel free to get in touch today!


Here at Welcome Foster Care, we believe fostering is an enjoyable and rewarding way of life. It’s not the average 9-5 job, and in no way should be seen as one. It does take commitment and is challenging, but the rewards and the feel-good factor is probably one of the best feelings one can get – knowing that they helped change lives of others for the better.

We know that all children are different, and that carers capabilities vary too; that’s why we ask about your fostering preferences in our application form (see below for extract). Some of the options as part of the form allow you to prefer on the basis of sex, age, the child’s past and the type of fostering placement.

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When a placement opportunity arises, we contact potential and current carers to check if they are willing to accept the placement, and there is no obligation to accept; there is no real benefit for you, and more so for the child or young person, if you half-heartedly accept a placement just for the sake of being offered one. We have a regular stream of placements, so the typical horror stories you may read on the internet of not having a fostering placement for ages is a worry of the past. You do have the choice to opt-out of a placement, if you like.

As a summary, yes, you can choose the children you want to foster, in terms of preferences – age range, gender, type of placement etc. – but you cannot choose specific children.

To get more info on how to get started, check out Making the right decision, and if you need any more information or advice on placements, or would like to know more about the application process, please feel free to get in touch or ring the London office on 020 3397 3332 or the Lancashire office on 0161 638 3391.