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In Queensland, all foster carer allowances are provided by the Department of Communities (Child Safety Services). The foster carer allowance you receive is provided to cover the cost of caring for children. Different foster carer allowances will generally apply to different foster care placements.
Foster carer allowances are provided as a contribution towards the cost of having a child in foster care. The standard foster carer allowances provided by the Department of Communities vary according to the age of the child in care, as well as the complexities of their needs or their behavioural difficulties.
Further benefits are provided to foster carers in Queensland, including the Foster and Kinship Carer card which offers easy access to government agencies and hospitals, as well as discounts with many high street retailers. Certain one-off allowances and additional supports are available to many foster carers through the Department.
Foster carers allowances provided by the Department of Communities can be made up of three separate components:
The fostering allowance – This allowance is applicable to all foster parents.
High Support Needs Allowance – Paid in addition to the fostering allowance to foster carers who are caring for children and young people with High Support Needs.
Complex Care Allowance – Paid in addition to the fostering allowance and the High Support Needs Allowance for foster carers of children and young people who require complex care.
As Key Assets is a specialist foster care agency, our foster carers generally receive the High Support Needs allowance and the Complex Care allowance. Fostering allowances are the same regardless of which foster agency you are associated with.
For more information about fostering allowances for foster carers, speak with Key Assets today. Call us on 1800 93 22 73 or enquire online.