Mainstream fostering payments
We pay our carers fortnightly while they are caring for a foster
child. The payment is made up of two elements
- a maintenance element for living costs
- a reward element for the work undertaken
Our carers are also entitled to 2 weeks' paid
holiday a year.
|Under 2 years
| 2 - 4 years
| 5 - 8 years
| 9 - 10 years
| 11 - 15 years
| 16 - 17 years
Related placements receive only maintenance element unless the
required training is undertaken.
Non-related placements are required to undertake the training and
therefore receive both reward and maintenance elements.
Payment for Skills
Payment for Skills is our initiative to recognise the
skills that our carers have.
You will be assessed and paid an enhanced fee dependent
on your assessed skill level. There are 2 levels for
additional payment, £20.23 for level 2 and £50.54 for level 3. The
assessment is based on your abilities and not on the needs of the
particular child placed with you.
Read more about our standards.
Additional payments are available for different types of foster care. You can contact us for more information.
Tax and benefits
guide to tax and benefits for foster carers (PDF,
As a KCC foster carer, children in your care are eligible for a
free Freedom Pass, which means they benefit
from free bus travel throughout Kent.
As a foster carer, HMRC will treat you as being self-employed
and a self-assessment form will need to be completed at the end of
each financial year.
carers and HMRC webinar explains what self-employment means to
you, how to use qualifying care relief, keep records and what to
put on your tax return. It is suitable for prospective foster
carers or those already approved as foster carers.
More information can be found on the HMRC self
employed webinars page.