When I become a foster carer, if I am not happy with my agency, what can I do?
Unless you choose the right agency that suits you and your family circumstances first time, the relationship between you and the agency can break down. Therefore making the best choice at the outset is paramount and there is free help to reduce the risks. All foster carers have every right to change their situation for the better by transferring to a more suitable fostering agency, the process is completely free and any children placed with you will not be affected. For more information check out: changing agency.
On average, Independent Fostering Agencies pay a basic weekly fostering allowance and fee of £420 per week for all ages of children. Some IFAs also pay foster carer enhanced payments of up to double their standard rate, dependent on the needs of the child, such as :
The weekly allowance for each child fostered is intended to cover living costs such as food, clothes, basic travel and household bills. There is also a reward element for the foster carer in recognition of the demands of the fostering task.