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Many children and young people are looked after by foster carers in Perth and Kinross.  These children and young people have often had difficult family experiences involving drug and alcohol misuse, mental health issues, relationship breakdown or violence.  They need carers who can offer them a stable family experience and lots of fun.

No formal qualifications are required, but qualities such as patience, understanding and a good sense of humour are essential.

Currently the following allowances and fees are paid to foster carers (weekly amounts combined and paid fortnightly):

Allowances and fees 2023-2024

Child/young person's ageWeekly allowance (£)
0-4 years old168.31
5-10 years old


11-15 years old195.81
16-18 years old268.41

An additional 4 weeks holiday allowance is also paid: 1 week at Christmas, 1 week at child's birthday and 2 weeks at summer holidays.

Professional Carer Fee levelWeekly fee (£)
Level 2 (on approval)125.65
Level 3 (after 2 years)186.55
Level 4 (child 12 years or older when placed)289.34

If you would like to know more or would like more information on whether Fostering would be right for you check out the information pack for prospective carers (PDF) [222KB] which will tell you more, and our information leaflet will tell you what happens next (PDF) [30KB]  if you decide to proceed.  Our suggested list of reading material (PDF) [59KB]  also provide more information you may find interesting.  View  quotes from current foster carers (PDF) [283KB]  talking about their experiences.

For further information about fostering or to express your interest in potentially becoming a foster carer, please get in touch with the Family Based Care Team via the contact details on this page.

Last modified on 01 May 2024

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