Foster carers expenses
Foster carer’s can claim expenses from their agency or the local authority, in addition to the fostering allowance.
Expenses related to foster children that are outside of the allowance, are usually decided at the Initial Placement Meeting.
Most agencies pay additional mileage costs outside of the fostering allowance, agencies expect their foster carers to pay for:
Appointments with the child’s GP;
School transport within three miles of the foster home;
All social, domestic and leisure trips
Mileage can usually be claimed for:
Reviews, case conferences and other legal meetings;
Attending carer training;
Hospital consultant or specialist appointments;
School travel beyond a six mile return trip
Out of agency agreement funding for required/special activities for a child is available through the local authority and is arranged by the child’s social worker.
A typical mileage rate is 42p per mile. Foster carers who use public transport can claim the fares back.
30 hours free childcare
Children in foster care who are aged 3 or 4 years old will be able to receive 30 hours free childcare, if the following criteria are met:
Accessing the extended hours is consistent with the child’s care plan;
Where these is a single foster parent family, the foster parent is engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent;
Where there are two foster parents in the same fostering household, both are engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent.
Fostering children is a 24 hour job that is demanding at times and, like in any family, it’s sometimes better if everyone has a break.
The national agencies have different policies about how they support their carers with holidays or respite. Some pay carers an extra two weeks allowance a year without strings, others make payments that are aligned with the number of weeks carers have had placements in their home.
Find more information about the national fostering allowances