The Welsh Government has announced rates for fostering allowances from 2014-15 to 2016-17.
Minimum fostering allowances paid to foster carers in Wales will increase by £4 a week for fostered children aged 0-4, £3 for fostered children aged 5-15 and £5 for fostered young people aged 16 or over.
The national minimum allowance is applied to all foster carers approved by a fostering service registered in Wales who are caring for a looked-after child. This includes approved foster carers who are friends or family of the child and short break or respite carers.
The Fostering Network encourages all fostering services to pay their foster carers a fee, in recognition of their time, skills and experience, in addition to the allowances which are designed to cover the costs of fostering.
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