Fostering allowances and payments
The CFA pays a basic maintenance allowance to foster parents and families and offers strong support structures to assist the child, carer and family during the fostering term. The CFA also provides training for the carer or family, on-going liaison with social workers, insurance and a medical card for the child in care. Allowances payable for children in foster care placements are as follows for 2013:
Under 12 years old – 325 per child per week
Over 12 years old – 352 per child per week
An allowance may be paid between the ages of 18 and 21 where the child is still with the family and in full time education. This allowance is known as an After Care Allowance.
An Increase for a Child Dependant may also be payable.
Payment of Child Benefit to a foster parent will depend on whether or not the child has been placed in care voluntarily or by virtue of a care order:
Foster parents should submit their Child Benefit claim immediately after a child is placed in their care.
This allowance does not effect tax or state benefits. Foster care allowances re not taken into account in the means test for social welfare payments and are not taxable.The Child and Family Agency has a policy on the appropriate use of the fostering allowance.
In addition to the foster care allowance other supports includes: