Our offer

Becoming a Foster Carer can be the most rewarding thing you will ever do and can be a life changing experience, for both you and the children you foster. 

It can also be a role that will bring challenges and take up a lot of time and energy. We therefore want to make sure you are supported in every way we can throughout your fostering journey. 

We have what we believe is one of the best packages for foster carers in the UK.

As well as changing a local child’s life you will receive;

  1. Pay of up to £476 per week per child, which includes your fee in recognition of your skills and an allowance for the child you care for
  2. Up to 66% taken off your Council Tax bill when you join us, if you live in Waltham Forest or a payment toward your Council Tax if you live out of the Borough
  3. A free parking permit for your zone if you live in a CPZ in Waltham Forest
  4. Discounted membership at any of our six leisure centres in Waltham Forest for you and your family
  5. Rewards - including access to a lifestyle hub of Waltham Forest foster carer’s benefits, which gives you a variety of discounts off major brands
  6. Outstanding preparation and on-going training with our award winning team
  7. A dedicated Social Worker and out of hours support
  8. Support groups offering friendship and learning
  9. An allowance to help with setting up costs
  10. Access to training including virtual reality films to help with your role and regular newsletters for the information you need to help support you in your role

If you're interested in learning more about becoming a Foster Carer, please fill out the enquiry form below and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss further. 

Girl on swing

Foster carers report that they feel part of the professional network and are well supported through training and support groups.

Ofsted, January 2019

How much do foster carers get paid?

Our allowances and fees as of 1 April 2020 are as below and are weekly totals:

    How much is fostering allowance per child?

    • 0 – 4 years £158.00
    • 5 – 8 years £180.00
    • 9 – 10 years £180.00
    • 11 – 12 years £249.00
    • 13 – 16 years £249.00
    • 16 years + £271.00

    Professional fees

    We operate a 3 tiered scheme dependent on your skill set.

    • £161.00 – General foster carer (tiers 1 and 2)
    • £205.00 –  Experienced foster carer (tier 3)
    • £536.00 – Specialist foster carer    

    Is Foster Carer Income Taxable?

    Watch this short presentation about fostering and tax and the national insurance you will pay after approval. Fostering income is treated separately to other income.

    The name of the fostering tax scheme is 'Qualifying Care Relief.'

    Enquire now

    Take the first step to become a Waltham Forest Foster Carer and change a child’s life forever. Fill in this quick form or call us on 020 8496 3437. A member of our team will get in touch to discuss further.

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