Simply Fostering

Free UK Fostering Application Service

We are a Free Foster Care Application and Agency Finding Service. Our Agency Finding Network extends the length and breadth of the UK.
Contact us to find the Agency near you with the best foster carers support, pay and allowances.

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How to be a foster carer?

Make sure you ‘Get fostering right first time’ by using our free UK Application Service. We help you to find the best Agencies to choose from. We are here to make it easier to apply to be a UK Foster Carer.

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looking to transfer agency?

Not getting the Support you need? Start the discussion about how to improve your Support, number of Placements, Respite and Income. Use our free Agency Transfer Service to change your Agency with our help.

Foster carers pay tax allowance HMRC

How Much Does Foster Care Pay?

Foster carer’s allowance and pay are not regulated by the Government so each Agency decides how much financial support they provide for their carers. Find out how to receive the best Financial Package.

About UK Fostering

Fostering children in the UK means giving a child or young person a safe and caring home for as long as it takes to fix the reason why they can’t live with their carers.

The child’s Local Authority is legally responsible for their safety, however if there are no in-house carers available, a request is made to the Authority’s preferred local Independent Agency.

Independent (Private) Fostering Agencies recruit, assess, approve, train, supervise, support and review Foster Parents who care for children looked after by Local Authorities.

Placements are usually Short Term and the child returns home or is placed with extended family. There is also Long Term Foster Care for children who need care for the foreseeable future.

Younger children may be Adopted, and Teenagers will start the process of living independently which is a significant time for young people. Fostering is found to be the best alternative for children and youngsters who cannot live at home.

Applying for Fostering

After applying to be a foster carer, a comprehensive assessment and becoming a registered, approved Foster Parent, you will be classed as self employed for tax purposes, and contracted to work with your approving Agency.

The Foster Parent’s Approval sets out the Type and Categories of care you can provide in your family home.

An Approval is reviewed annually to look at any needs carers might have, what quality of service is being provided and the support available from the Agency.

Independent (Private) Agency payments cover the all day to day needs of fostered children and includes a reasonable reward element or fee, which is usually enough for people to consider foster parenting full or part time.

Visit the Government website for lots of information about the Government Guidelines about the Assessments and Approval Process.

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Free UK Foster Care Handbook

By registering with us you are entitled to the free Simply Fostering Essentials Handbook, a wall to wall guide to fostering. 

An A-Z comprehensive guide to a range of useful foster care terms. Essential reading for any newbie foster carer.

The Handbook will be a valuable resource if you are new to fostering, or an experienced carer.

Examples of Foster Care terms explained:

  • Respite
  • Short Term 
  • Long Term 
  • Mother and Baby
  • Special Needs

Includes subjects as varied as:

  • Foster Carers Allowance
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Human Rights
  • Reviews
  • Eating Disorders

Foster Carers Blogs

Real Foster Carers telling it like it is by blogging about their day to day experiences of caring for the children and young people they look after. Read the truth about what it takes-worts and all!

Eligible to Foster?

Time for a change? Thinking of a new job working from home? Find out how to be a foster carer and if you meet the requirements to apply for fostering in the UK.

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