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Becoming a Foster Carer: Support

How we'll support you and allowances you'll receive

Illustrations that show some of what we offer our foster carers.
As a foster carer, we'll support you by providing:

  • support from the emergency duty team out of hours
  • support at meetings for the child you're fostering
  • a competitive allowance
  • an out of hours phone service
  • an extensive training package
  • payment of school mileage
  • HUB peer support groups
  • long service awards
  • Foster Talk membership - access to 24 hour independent advice and counselling
  • a refer a friend bonus
  • regular, reflective supervision
  • respite/relief care for foster carers
  • access to West Berkshire Foster Carers Association

We recognise that because of the nature of the role, foster carers will face demanding and challenging situations. Our aim is that with training and high levels of support and good communication, we can equip you with the skills to deal with the majority of situations, safe in the knowledge that support is readily accessible if you need it.


We pay a weekly allowance to cover the day-to-day cost of caring for a child or young person. This is dependent on the needs and age of the child. We'll provide you with detailed information about financial allowances when we visit you in your home.

You may also receive a 'start up' grant, to cover the cost of preparing your home for a foster child, if required.

You can read more about allowances on our 'about the fostering service' page.

Find out about Becoming a Foster Carer: The Process.

Find out about Becoming a Foster Carer: Training.


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