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Children and families

Fostering support

Find out about the advice, development and practical and financial support you'll receive to foster a young person.

Male and female fostering support workers

Practical support

  • professional help and advice from a dedicated social worker
  • 24-hour support ongoing
  • development opportunities to meet and learn from other foster carers
  • support from education, health services and a range of other professionals
  • membership of The Fostering Network who provide independent advice, support and guidance to foster carers in Scotland

Financial support

You'll receive a skills payment which reflects your level of care.

You'll also receive a fostering allowance to cover the day-to-day expenses of caring for a child or young person.

These payments depend on the age of the child or young person and are reviewed on an annual basis.

Weekly fostering rates 2017/18

Age of young personPayment
0 to 4 years£218.14
5 to 11 years£328.15
12 to 18 years£443.49

16 to 21 years (supporter carer)


Shared carers

Up to 6 hours£25
Up to 12 hours£50
Overnight care£20 (plus appropriate day rate)

Enquire now to be a foster carer

Fostering enquiry form

Related information

Can I foster?

The fostering process



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