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Fostering allowances and fees

The amount of money our foster carers are paid depends on their skills level and experience, combined with the age and number of children they are looking after.

As a Bedford Borough foster carer, you’ll receive a weekly allowance for each child.


Fostering allowance per week

0 - 4


5 - 10


11 - 15




You will also receive a weekly fee per child, based on your skills level.

Skills level

Fostering fee per week

Tier 1


Tier 2


Tier 3


All approved foster carers start at Tier 1 or Tier 2.

Tier 3 carers are specialist carers who look after children and young people who display challenging behaviours or have complex needs.

Allowances for the child are also paid for a variety of other reasons such as travel, clothing, birthdays, festivals and holidays.