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Foster Portsmouth roll out increased fees and allowances for foster carers

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After a recent review, Foster Portsmouth is pleased to have been able to uplift some of our foster carer skill fees and allowances.



Whilst their main motivation is making a difference to children’s lives, our foster carers naturally need to consider how they will be able to continue to manage their household finances as they start their fostering journey.



A competitive financial package…


Foster Portsmouth offer a competitive financial package made up of the recently increased allowances and skill fees, reflecting how highly we value our carers.


Zhoura, one of Foster Portsmouth’s dedicated foster carers confirmed: “There’s good financial support from Portsmouth City Council.”


Another of our foster carers Glynis agreed that: “It enables the children in your care to participate in things that they may not always of had the opportunity to do, and live a better lifestyle.”


We do have many foster carers who choose to continue to work alongside fostering. This decision depends on the type of fostering they want to do and their existing work commitments. However, regardless of your work status, with regular placements our package ensures our foster carers can receive a steady and dependable income that enables them to concentrate on providing a loving home for the children in their care.


Foster carer Jo added: “It’s a good financial package so that you don’t have to have another job. I’m home all the time because the child in my care needs me to be, but I can manage it financially.”



A weekly allowance for day-to-day costs…


The weekly allowance is received for each child to cover day-to-day costs of housing, clothing and feeding the child/ren, as well as incidentals such as pocket money, hobbies and clubs, trips and stationery.


Foster carers also receive set allowances to cover additional costs including caring for a child over Christmas and other significant religious festivals, as well as their birthdays. In addition, they receive an activity allowance to cover school breaks and a holiday allowance for the child/ren in their care. They can also claim back some expenses.


Foster carers Rachel and James shared: “The financial support we’ve received from Portsmouth City Council has enabled us to offer our young person some really positive opportunities, some activities, some breaks away, but to also make him feel good about himself. We’ve been able to buy him some nice clothes; to raise his self-esteem and to raise his confidence. He feels like he’s worth something now, which has been absolutely lovely to watch.”


Two more of our foster carers Tony and Patsy confirm: “If you’re going on holiday you can also get help to pay for the child’s part, and help to pay for extra activities if it’s of benefit to the child such as the latest summer camp.”



Skills fees that reflect skills and professional development…


In addition to fostering allowances, carers with the necessary skills and experience to care for young people with more complex needs will receive additional weekly or specialist skill fees. Others will have the opportunity, with ongoing professional training, to gain additional expertise to progress to these higher skill levels.


Jo explained: “The financial support is based on a tier system from level one to level three. These include weekly packages of financial support for all carers that cover the children’s basic needs, and then your professional fee. The more experience you have, the higher up you become. Level three foster carers typically take in children with more complex needs which can include children with disabilities.”



Additional savings and benefits…


Foster carers also benefit from tax relief and exemptions, as well as support with necessary equipment such as cots or prams, access to some Portsmouth City Council staff benefits, discounts from schemes such as the Portsmouth Leisure Card, and free membership to The Fostering Network and all of the further support and benefits that come with it.


Jo continued: “Portsmouth foster carers are recognised as front line care workers and, as such, can also apply for the Blue Light Card scheme which provides various retail or commercial discounts for carers.”


Tony and Patsy added: “Foster Portsmouth also offer free activities throughout the year, especially around the holidays, and help with discounts [at venues]. I don’t feel like we’re really out of pocket.”


In addition, if a carer knows someone who might be interested in fostering, they could be eligible for our ‘recommend a friend scheme’ which offers a thank you fee of £500 payable to the foster carer and an additional £500 payable to the ‘friend’ once they are approved as a foster or supportive lodgings carer and has had their first child/ren placed with them.



You’ll find the right fit of fostering for you…


Our foster carers come from all walks of life, and they all share the same commitment and motivation to make a positive difference to a child’s life. Foster Portsmouth welcomes all enquiries about fostering regardless of age, gender, faith, ethnicitysexualitymarital, residential or work status.


There are many types of fostering and everyone will be able to find one that’s the right fit for them. This could be a short or long-term arrangement for a child or siblings until they’re ready to live independently or be reunited with family, support for children with a disability or unaccompanied children seeking safety and asylum, supported lodgings to develop their independent living skills, a parent and baby placements, or respite care.


Foster Portsmouth also offer comprehensive support to our foster carers. Carers receive local round the clock support and ongoing quality training including through our mentoring scheme and our innovative award-winning Mockingbird programme which provides a support network of other foster carers similar to that of an extended family.



Join our supportive fostering community and make a difference…


Foster Portsmouth’s comprehensive financial package enables our foster carers to concentrate on what matters most; the children and young people in our care.


Patsy concluded: “I love being a positive part of someone’s journey. They might stay over six months or a couple of years, but being able to help them at that time is great and hopefully they remember it fondly. If it wasn’t rewarding, we wouldn’t still be here doing it. We’d say, if you’re thinking about it, just dive straight in!”


To discover more details about Foster Portsmouth’s fees and allowances, visit our FAQs.


To arrange a chat with an existing foster carer, to talk to our experienced fostering team, or if you’re ready to make an initial enquiry, please contact us.


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