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Hi wanted to know if there was any single foster careers who work part time and still manage to keep bills and mortgage paid is this possible on your own???


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Most of the la and agencies expect foster carers to be at home full time tbh so not sure how that would work ?


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Oh ok thanks for that there's not all of information around on internet about it


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I foster as a single carer and am a parent through different channels!

I am paid an allowance for the children plus an allowance as a 'wage'. It's not easy, I also have a small private business I run alongside fostering.

It's tricky with under 5's and holidays over the years I have built up reciprocal arrangements to cover holidays with other carers.

There are some benefits you can claim but they are dependent on your own personal circumstances.

As a single carer the advice I would offer is have or develop a robust support network. I have a single foster carer who works term time part time in a school so holidays covered.


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I know people who work full time and foster as single people - but are restricted to teenagers


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We used to foster (couple rather than single carers) but both of us were working full time. We stuck to an age range of 5-14 and had to evidence flexibility and contingency plans for if a child wasn't able to go to school, school hols etc.


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Thanks all


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https://www.adoptionuk.org/forum-topic/foster-part-time


I think you've already asked for this info before? Maybe go back to May time and read again the questions you've already asked? I seem to recall that you had thought you'd need a good period of time before applying again in order to save and get secure?


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I had a question for my4kids. How is it possible you get an allowance for the child and yourself? I've been a foster carer (family placement) to one child almost 3 years and have 4 kids of my own but only get an allowance for the child. Works out about a 60p an hour if you classed it as a wage which tax credits do.


Just tried to apply for the 30 hours funding for foster child as I work part time also but seems we're not entitled to it. I'm classed as a single foster carer. Can't get child benefit for the child, tax credits keep stopping my claim for other children every few months as foster caring isnt liked by their system (their words) I'm paying £45 a day nursery fees for the foster child so I can work 2 days a week. Not even worth me working!! Have tried contacting social worker every week for the past 3-4 weeks with no reply. Also, my social worker told me a while back the city I started fostering in now offers grants to FC to pay for council tax but because I've moved 45 mins away I cant get that either (different council)


Sorry to jump on original thread, just at wits end with SS and the whole system.


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