Foster Carers receive a payment for each child they foster, based on nationally recognised rates. The payment is made up of a fee for the Foster Carer and an allowance for the child.

These rates take into account that in many situations at least one foster parent will need to be at home full-time to be available for the foster child, depending on the needs of the child.

The rates are also based on a number of factors including the age of the child and whether they have any specific needs. Allowances are expected cover the day-to-day cost of fostering a child, including:

  • Clothing

  • Travel

  • Food

  • School dinners

  • Personal items

Training and Support

Once approved, Care Visions Fostering Scotland provides comprehensive training for all our Foster carers. You will be allocated a Supervising Social Worker who provides you with individual supervision, and access to out-of-office hours support where required.

Many children in Foster Care have suffered emotionally distressing experiences, so they may need help from therapists, counsellors or children’s support workers. Where this is required, it would be arranged as part of the Care Plan for each child and discussed with you.

Care Visions Fostering Scotland also has local Foster Care Support Groups, where Foster carers can meet up and share experiences and expertise, and a “buddying” scheme which partners all new Foster Carers with an experienced Foster Carer.

Our Foster Care Forum allows views from Foster Carers to help shape the service we provide.