Fostering Allowance Breakdown

You will receive an allowance each week to support the foster child in your home. Fostering allowances for all foster carers are set by the Minister for Children.

How Much Do Foster Parents get Paid in Ireland?

The current weekly allowance is €352 per week for each foster child. This allowance enables you to meet the needs of the foster child. As some foster children have more challenging needs and requirements we can request enhanced payments from TUSLA in specific circumstances.
As well as the payment that you will receive, we also provide unrivalled training and other supports to each and every one of our carers.

What does the allowance cover?

It’s intended to cover all the needs of each foster child including food, clothing, travel, special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas, holidays camps and other activities etc. We provide clear guidance on how you can best spend the money so that the child has a healthy, happy and balanced life.

If I am working, does this affect my fostering allowance?

No, any professional earnings are separated to your fostering allowance. Working and earning a salary will not effect the fostering allowance you receive. This is one of the benefits of fostering. You can find out more about fostering and working here

Will I be taxed on the allowance?

In general, foster carers are exempt from paying tax on the fostering allowance under the Finance Bill 2005. It also means that the money you receive is not usually classed as income when applying for certain benefits
However, we recommend that you consult with the Department of Social Protection for confirmation on this.

If I am renting, does this affect my fostering allowance?

No, this will not effect your fostering allowance. The fostering payment (or allowance) of €352 per week for each child is to cover the costs of fostering and the child’s needs. For more information on renting and fostering visit here

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If you have any further questions about fostering talk to us. You can give us a call on 01-627 5713 or request a call back using the contact form on this page.

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