Kids say fosterers should be paid

THE OVERWHELMING majority of children living with foster families in Scotland are in favour of foster carers being paid, a survey from the Fostering Network has revealed.

Nine out of 10 children in care and sons and daughters of foster carers said that foster carers should get a wage or fee like staff in children’s homes. Currently only around half of foster carers are paid anything at all.

Around eight out of 10 said all foster carers should receive an allowance that covers all the costs of looking after a fostered child.

Scotland is currently the only country in the UK that does not have a national minimum fostering allowance, with seven local authorities paying below the rates set in England.