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Fees and allowances

We provide a highly competitive payment scheme, where you can receive up to £640 per week, per child.

This scheme allows career progression as you develop as a carer, recognising your skills, experience and type of fostering you’re offering.

You may be eligible for the higher payments if you can care for older children or those with more complex needs. These are the priority needs for our children in Suffolk.

In addition to weekly payments, you will also receive:

  • 4 additional payments per year for summer holiday, birthdays, Christmas or other festivals

  • Up to 21 nights paid respite

  • Loan of essential equipment including computers

  • Mileage paid for meetings and for supporting contact

  • Membership to a discount scheme with money off cinema tickets, shopping and days out

  • Regular placements

  • Choice of placements

Tiered Scheme Level 2021-22

During the assessment process your social worker will help you to identify which tier level will best match what you and your family are able to provide.

They can give you details and examples of children who you would be asked to care within each tier.

We'll begin this discussion with you during your initial visit.

You are free to care for children at different tiers at the same time.

You can also move up tiers as you gain experience.

Payments by level (per child per week)
Level One Level Two Level Three Level Four Level Five
£134 to £202 £207 to £267 £281 to £432 £428 to £536 £532 to £640

Arrange to speak to a foster carer or adoptive parent 

Call us: 01473 264800

Email us: fosterandadopt@suffolk.gov.uk

You can also leave feedback about our website.

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