What does a foster Parent do?

Foster parents provide care, support, and a safe and comfortable home for a child or young person who is not able to live with their own family. This means supporting a young person with all aspects of their life such as school, activities, hobbies, and developing independent skills.

Anderida Foster Care are looking for individuals and families to provide a caring home for children and young people aged 11-18 years old.

 

Fostering allowances & benefits

Monthly allowance - £3600 - £4000

Tax exemption and relief up to £25000

Fully funded training and professional qualifications

Membership to the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network

 
 

Monthly Allowance

We recognise the commitment involved in supporting and making a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people, and we want our foster parents to feel valued and appreciated for this. Foster parents are paid an allowance of £3600 per month per young person, increasing to £4000 on completion of the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

This amount exceeds the government's national minimum rate for fostering which is between £132 and £231 per week and this is to take into consideration the level of training undertaken and skills of the foster parent, and the needs and behaviors of the child or young people that are cared for.

The allowance paid is intended to cover the costs involved in caring for the child, such as clothing, toiletries, pocket money, and leisure activities as well as provide a good income for foster carers who have made a viable career choice. Anderida Foster Care will contribute additional amounts for the young person’s regular savings and certain extra-curricular activities.

 

Tax Allowances

Tax Exemption

Foster parents must register as self-employed.

In a tax year, households do not pay tax on the first £10,000 they earn from fostering. You will still pay tax on the money you earn from a job or investment.

Tax Relief

On top of the £10,000 exemption, you also get tax relief for every week (or part week) that a child is in your care. This means you do not have to pay tax on some of your earnings over £10,000. The amount per week for a child over the age of 11 is £250.

See this example adapted from www.gov.uk:

Laura is a foster carer for a 14-year-old for the whole of the year. She does not have to pay tax on the first £25,000 she earns from fostering:

Tax exemption = £10,000 + Child 1 (52 x £250) £13,000 = £23,000

 

Training and Qualifications

Anderida Foster Care provides a comprehensive and fully funded training package for staff and foster parents. This includes mandatory training for foster carers such as the Training, Support and Development Standards (TSDS), Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid, and the pre-approval training, Skills to Foster. Foster parents will also benefit from training as practitioners in therapeutic non-violent resistance and will go on to work towards achieving the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s workforce.

Click to see a full list of training

 

Training & Development

The most valuable skills that many foster parents rely on are often the life skills and transferable skills they have picked up along the way! In addition to this our fostering team are on hand to support foster parents with comprehensive training, and ongoing support to include a dedicated Supervisor and family support mentor