The foster care allowance is in respect of and for the benefit of the foster child and used to meet the day to day costs associated with looking after a foster child. In Ireland, the standard fostering allowance is set by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years of age. The fostering rate paid by CFS for all children and young people placed with us is 352.00 per week for long term and short term placements. Payments are provided for overnight respite and emergency placements. Enhanced payments can be requested from Tusla Child and Family Agency for identified placements. CFS also provides the best supports and a comprehensive training programme to all foster carers with us. The allowance provided to foster cares is to ensure that every foster child and young person is given the best quality care during their fostering experience. Some of the costs involved include:

  • Food
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Educational needs (Grinds, uniforms, books, etc)
  • Personal care items and toiletries
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Games, treats and toys
  • Holidays and summer camps
  • Pocket money
  • Special occasions (Birthdays and Christmas)
  • Presents for the birth family of foster children
  • Transport (School, access trips, appointments)
  • Household costs

A Standard Aftercare Allowance can be paid for young people aged 18 to 21 years old who are in full time education and still living with their foster family. Each child and young person in foster care will have a General Medical Card. Child Benefit payments may be transferred to foster cares that provide continuous care for a child or young person for a period of 6 months. The standard foster allowance does not affect tax or state benefits. Under the Finance Bill 2005, the fostering allowance you receive from us at CFS is excluded from being taxed and also is not taken into account in the means test for social welfare payments. We recommend that you should contact your local Social Protection Department to confirm this. Tusla Child and Family Agency has a policy on the appropriate use of the fostering allowance.

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