All fostering placements are fully funded; carers should never end up out of pocket. Please see the document about Fostering Finance. Recommend a Friend and get up to £500.
As well as a weekly allowance, there is also a skills based payment scheme. This is available to carers who have gained experience and undertaken relevant qualifications, which are funded by the council. It's up to you how far you want to go - you can develop a genuine career in care by fostering.
We will provide you with outstanding training opportunities – giving you a diverse skill set to ensure successful placements. Please see our full training calendar in order to see the full listing of courses that you can choose from.
We will allocate a supervising social worker to you. Their job is to support you and make sure you have the advice needed to give the young person a positive experience.
You will have 24 hour back up through our 'Out of Hours' team, in case there are any emergencies. Once approved as a carer, you will also become a member of Fostertalk, an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing high quality professional support to foster carers.
If you are receiving any benefits, you will need to make your advisor aware that you are fostering. It is also advisable to register as being self employed.
The fostering allowances paid are to cover the cost of having children living with you in your home. Income Support would not be affected while you have a child in placement.
Read more about our roles and commitments in the Southampton Fostering Services Foster Carers' Charter.
Fostering Services Statement of Purpose
Claiming Benefits while Fostering from Gov.UK
There are generous income thresholds relating to fostering income and Working Tax credit, which you are unlikely to exceed. Use the self-employed ready reckoner to budget for your Self Assessment tax bill for the 2015 to 2016 tax year.
HMRC are hosting a webinar for foster carers on Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 11am. Register for the webinar.
Find out more about Fostering relief.
HMRC provide a Tax for Foster Carers e-learning package.
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