Mainstream fostering payments

We pay our carers weekly while they are caring for a foster child. The payment is made up of two elements

  1. a maintenance element for living costs
  2. a reward element for the work undertaken

Our carers are also entitled to 2 weeks' paid holiday a year.

Age group Reward element Maintenance element Total weekly amount
Under 2 years £108.61 £146.44 £255.05
2 - 4 years £108.61 £150.78 £259.39
5 - 8 years £108.61 £168.00 £276.61
9 - 10 years £206.29 £168.00 £374.29
11 - 15 years £206.29 £190.61 £396.90
16 - 18 years £206.29 £224.00 £430.29

Related placements receive only maintenance element unless the required training is undertaken.
Non-related placements are required to undertake the training and therefore receive both reward and maintenance elements.

Children with disabilities

  • full time placements from £316.93 to £512.81 per week plus Disability Living Allowance
  • short break placements from £59.23 to £73.26 per night

Payment for skills

Payment for Skills is our initiative to recognise the skills that our carers have.

You will be assessed and paid an enhanced fee dependent on your assessed skill level. There are 2 levels for additional payment, £20.23 for level 2 and £50.54 for level 3. The assessment is based on your abilities and not on the needs of the particular child placed with you.

Read more about our standards.

Additional payments

Additional payments are available for different types of foster care. You can contact us for more information.

Tax and benefits

Read our guide to tax and benefits for foster carers (PDF, 74.2 KB).

As a KCC foster carer, children in your care are eligible for a Young Person's Travel Pass, which means they benefit from free bus travel throughout Kent.

Self employment

As a foster carer, HMRC will treat you as being self-employed and a self-assessment form will need to be completed at the end of each financial year.

The foster carers and HMRC webinar explains what self-employment means to you, how to use qualifying care relief, keep records and what to put on your tax return. It is suitable for prospective foster carers or those already approved as foster carers.

More information can be found on the HMRC self employed webinars page.

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