Fostering Allowances

We know that it can be hard talking about money when it comes to looking after children.  That's why we've provided all the information you need to know, but may feel uncomfortable asking.

When you become a member of the ACS team, it's important that you are rewarded with a generous fostering allowance that recognises your hard work and committment as a skilled professional, whilst also enabling you to provide the very best care for a child.

At ACS the amount we pay varies depending on factors such as the age of the child and the type of placement. However most of our foster parents receive £463 per week for children aged 11 or over and regardless of age have 14 nights of paid respite.  The fostering allowance is designed to cover the cost of food, bills and everyday expenses, including pocket money, membership of children’s clubs and even holidays. On top of this there are a number of allowances for birthdays, religious festivals and other key events as well as other benefits too.

Our foster parents also gain access to a range of discounts at many leading retainers, the ones listed below are just some of the great brands that offer our foster parents a discount.  Discounts are also available in many restaurants and venues offering great family days out.  Easy to use, discounts are applied instantly - so even if you're out shopping, you'll be able to make the most of your discounts immediately.

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Other benefits available to you when you foster with ACS

We give our foster parents the choice between a twice yearly bonus or 14 days’ paid respite care each year. This is equivalent to the cost of a holiday.  This means our foster parents can make the decision which is right for them as a family.  Sometimes we all need a well earned break, in which case we'll arange for another foster parent to look after your foster child whilst you take a break.  However, if it's best for you and the children you care for to take a family holiday together, our bonus can make this possible.

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Fostering allowance calculator

Our calculator will help you find out how much you could recieve if you become a full time foster parent with ACS.

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Tax & National Insurance

Find out how foster parents pay very low levels of tax, if any at all due to generous allowance provided by HMRC.

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Fostering & claiming benefits

Fostering doesn't affect means tested benefits as your fostering allowance isn't classed as income in the same way as other work.

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Why choose ACS?

Faith-based Fostering

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Am I Too Old to Foster?

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Fostering a child with disabilities

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Being a single foster parent

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Work and fostering

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Do need a spare bedroom?

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