Foster parents

Foster parents

Foster parents are people who officially take a child into their family for a period of time, without becoming the child’s legal parents. The child is referred to as their foster child.

Fostering is defined as taking temporary parental responsibility for a child outside of your own family. This is usually a child that has been placed into the care of the local authority who will then seek to settle the child into a family home environment. Becoming a foster parent with Sunbeam will be a life-changing and pleasant journey for you and the children you are going to foster.


How much do foster parents get paid per child?

As a foster parents, you will receive fostering allowance which normally covers things like food, clothing, transportation, pocket money, outings, and personal household expenses etc. Sunbeam offers up to £650 fostering allowance per child per week depending on children’s needs. Additionally, we give generous bonuses and foster carers receive other benefits while fostering with us.

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    Who can become a Foster parent?

    We need foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds, races and religion. This is because all children have their own unique and individual background and heritage. You do not need to be married, own a house or have children of your own.

    We’re here to make becoming a foster carer as easy as possible and will provide you with all the advice and guidance you need to help you start your fostering journey.

    Every agency is different, so choosing the right one means making sure you can look after your choice of foster children, get the best foster carer’s support and the financial benefits that are right for you.

    Are you passionate about making a difference for children and have time and energy to give to a child?