Foster carers provide a stable and caring home for children whose parents are unable to look after them for a number of reasons. 'Giving something back' is the main driver behind people opening their home to a youngster who needs support, but it is also possible to make a living out of fostering as well if you have the skills, full time availability and are able to care for older and more complex children.
Providing support, encouragement and guidance to a child or young person is a hugely rewarding experience in itself, but foster carers receive competitive allowances and fees for the work they do, alongside professional support and training. Allowances and fees apply to full-time, part-time and respite foster carer. If you feel fostering is not for you, you may be interested in the Lodgings Plus Scheme, where you again receive competitive allowances and fees for simply providing a spare room and around 10 hours of support per week to a vulnerable 16-24 year old, helping them for example to develop cooking skills, apply for jobs or with college applications etc.