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Why foster with us

We offer our foster carers a great package of support – both financial and practical – and training to help you get the most out of your role.

Our support and training does not stop once you are approved. All foster carers get an extensive support and training package, including:

  • regular supervision and support
  • a dedicated social worker
  • 24-hour expert advice and support
  • training, social worker support and access to support groups
  • an active foster carer’s association offering representation and peer support with weekly coffee mornings and annual ‘thank you’ event
  • educational support for children
  • close working with professional support teams, including child social workers, health and educational specialists
  • free membership of the Fostering Network membership
  • legal protection insurance and public liability cover

If you are interested in doing further training, we will encourage and support you to get additional qualifications.

Weekly allowances

When you become a foster carer with Islington, you will get a weekly allowance for each child placed in your care, up to £467.88 per child. 

 Age  Maintenance allowance  Training allowance  Professional carers reward  Total for professional carers
 0-4 years  £155.00  £75.17  £139.29  £369.48
 5-10 years  £174.00  £61.82  £139.29  £375.11
 11-15 years  £203.40  £103.54  £139.29  £446.23
 16-17 years  £231.00  £97.59  £139.29  £467.88

A professional reward fee of £10.99 per week for second and subsequent children. The total specialist foster carer rate is up to £815 per week.

£5 is automatically deducted from the allowance for the young person’s savings plan.

The maintenance allowance is paid to all carers and covers the costs of caring for a child including food, clothing, transport, pocket money, hobbies and savings.

The training and placement allowance is paid to those carers who complete their own training, support and development portfolio to a high standard and have shown commitment to attend:

  • the required number of training courses
  • the induction group
  • monthly foster carers support groups

Placement Retainer

A placement retainer fee of £139 is paid for professional foster carers for 12 weeks if there is no child in placement. This payment is only available for professional foster carers who are available to foster a wide range of children. This is a payment for your services as a foster carer and if you are available for a child.

Foster carers also get a payment for:

  • the child’s birthday
  • a religious holiday celebrated by the child
  • a holiday for the child, including for summer holiday outings and towards school trips.

Friends and family foster carers

You may be caring for a child who is subject to a Care Order, meaning you become a foster carer, even if the child is known to you and may be related to you. Friends and family foster carers receive special advice and support from a dedicated Permanence team and can attend the same training as other foster carers. The Permanence team will also help you to plan ahead for permanent arrangements for the child.

What is the next step?

If you have any further questions please call the team on 020 7527 7033 or 0800 073 0428 or email us at

We also recommend you attend one of our online information sessions to hear more about fostering. They are run on Facebook Live and you can post any questions to the team and foster carers presenting.

Details of the next sessions can be found on our how to apply page.

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