Children and young people supported by foster carers have different levels of needs, behaviour, challenges or difficulties.
The foster carer payment to you is to reflect the relevant need levels to help ensure that the child or young person has the right support and very importantly, the hard work by carers is recognised.
The all round support to foster carers is very important under the Evolve Family approach and the carer payment is a key element.
Understanding your foster carer payment
Your foster payment is made up of two parts:
- Allowance element – to cover costs and direct support for the child or young person
- Reward element – to reflect the hard work and dedication from Evolve’s foster carers. This is the payment to be retained by the foster carers and not spent toward the child or young person’s support
The allowance element is to cover the following support for the child or young person:
- • Clothing costs (including initial clothing and school uniform
- • Food costs (to cover any specific dietary needs)
- • Transport to school or activities
- • Pocket money
- • Holiday costs
- • Hobbies and interests (including any equipment)
- • Utilities
- • Birthday and religious celebrations
- • Personal care
- • Education support costs (books, learning materials or IT)
The reward element allows foster carers to be paid for their time and efforts, it is your income to be retained. Fostering is increasingly being considered a professional career because of the reward element and higher levels for children with complex and enhanced needs that Evolve Fostering and its carers support.
We have a full carer payment guide for all foster carers which provides detailed information. If you are considering fostering, please contact us and we can cover any questions relating to expected payment you would receive based on your experience or types of children or young person you may support.