We understand the key role foster carers play in securing better outcomes for looked after children. So with our partners - such as local authorities and the Fostering Network - we are trying to increase the number of available foster carers, through recruitment of new families and better support for existing carers.
To cover the costs of caring for a child, foster carers receive a fostering allowance. Local authorities decide their own systems and level of payment, within parameters set out by the Scottish Government. Allowances vary according to the child's age and needs. In some cases a reward element or fee is also paid. Local authorities and fostering agencies should issue a leaflet explaining fees and allowances and should provide written guidance on tax and National Insurance liabilities.
Fosterline Scotland is a confidential helpline run by the Fostering Network, providing information and advice on a wide range of issues, from concerns about a child's future, changes in legislation and financial matters, to how to deal with allegations and complaints. They are also able to advise you on how to take the next step in dealing with any fostering issue and how to access other useful services and support.
To get in touch with Fosterline Scotland, phone 0141 204 1400 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.