Fostering is challenging and hard work, it is important that your payment for fostering reflects your efforts, dedication and the needs of the child or young person placed with you. Evolve, with its local base in Brighton, has a rewarding and competitive fostering carer payment structure. This is updated annually and reviewed by the Evolve team from input from its carers locally in Brighton.

Your carer payment is split into two key areas as outlined below:

Fostering allowances

These are the allowances to cover the fostering costs directly on behalf of the child or young person’s support and their care. These cover the areas below (but it is not limited to these):

  • Clothing for the child or young – day to day and school uniform
  • Food costs
  • Pocket money
  • Transports costs for school, college or for activities
  • Toiletries and personal care
  • Contribution toward a mobile phone (when the young person is the right age)
  • Savings for child or young person (this is often deducted from the foster carer payment beforehand)
  • Supporting activities and hobbies
  • Education support costs such as books or laptop access
  • Additional costs in the fostering home such as heat and light
  • Birthday or religious celebrations
  • Day trips
  • Holiday costs

These are indicative costs and there can be other specific fostering costs depending on the child needs or support. For example, if they have special education needs, there may be specific education materials needed.

The location is a consideration also. This would be the location of fostering young person’s school from the foster carer’s home in Brighton and also any contact with their birth family. If the school or college is local in Brighton, then travel and school transport costs would be lower but if outside Brighton, then they would be higher. The general guideline is to provide transport for each child or young person in fostering of up to 200 miles per week. 

Reward element

This is the element that the foster carer effectively has to keep for their efforts and hard work. The total foster carer payment less the fostering allowances, then gives the reward element. The fostering reward element is important to understand and recognise. 

Evolve has a competitive fostering reward element to ensure it supports its foster carers in Brighton and all areas well.There is a shortage of foster carers locally in Brighton, so please do contact us to Request a Call Back about fostering and becoming a foster carer. If you are already an approved foster carer, we can support your fostering transfer and cover how you can transfer fostering agencies.