Allowances and additional fees for foster carers

Foster carers are paid allowances, expenses and - in some cases - additional fees.

Foster carers get paid allowances rather than salaries - this means that, although you should inform the Benefits Office and tax authorities, your state benefits and your tax position will not usually be affected.

How much will I get paid?

Foster carers are paid a fostering allowance. This covers the cost of having a child live with you, and are paid in line with national foster care allowances.

In addition to the maintenance allowance that you receive there are some additional allowances and expenses that we pay you for.  Additional costs that we pay for are:

  • mileage
  • nappy allowance
  • summer holiday activity payment
  • birthday and Christmas/Eid
  • set up costs (for equipment in some instances)

In addition, on completion of some of the required training you will receive £100.

We pay additional fees:  based on the additional skills, experience and training and the type of fostering you choose.

For further information on allowances please see

Fee-paid fostering

In addition to mainstream fostering we have schemes for children and young people with more complex needs. In these instances we pay additional fees based on the additional skills, experience and training you will need. These schemes are called fee paid fostering.

You can find out more about fee paid schemes which include:

Financial and training package

The package includes:

  • a fostering fee of £218 to £459 per week paid in addition to fostering allowances
  • local training and unlimited support from a dedicated fostering team
  • 24/7 telephone help line
  • regular support groups
  • relief care
  • birthday and holiday payments
  • free membership of Fostering Network.

Types of placements are both short and long term and include sibling groups.

Support and training

We will give you the support, training and development opportunities that are vital to undertake this role effectively.

Discounts and benefits

In order to ensure that children are able to access leisure facilities we have partnered up with leisure providers to access activities at affordable rates.  There are a range of benefits offered:

  • Leisure centres
  • Oxford United match tickets and football courses during school holidays
  • Ice hockey match tickets
  • Trips out organised by OFCA
  • Fostering Network membership fees paid for who provide further discounted days out and holidays.