Allowances for foster carers

Caring for a child is a fantastic career that really makes a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. We believe foster carers should be rewarded for their hard work. That’s why we offer our foster carers a generous allowance that covers the cost of caring for children and young people as well as being a reward for the work you do.

Fostering allowances are paid to all foster carers whenever they take a fostering placement and are paid on a fortnightly basis. The amount you receive as a foster carer depends on the placement type.

General specialist foster care

You may be wondering how much foster parents get paid. You will receive a foster care allowance based on the needs of the child or young person in your care. For this program you will be paid an allowance of $580 – $620 per child, per week. There will be a varied rate for sibling groups, plus consideration to additional expenses.

Emergency 1:1 foster care programme (Auckland only)

This is a short term placement, during which a child or young person will be placed in your care for up to approximately 21 days. Placements are required on an emergency basis and can occur any time of the day. For this programme, the allowance is $825 per week. For more information, please visit

To find out more about fostering payments, call us on 09 263 5151 or enquire online.