Aberdeen City Council is the largest fostering agency in the North East of Scotland.

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering with us, our web page can answer many of your questions.

When you are ready to take the next step our team are looking forward to helping you make a difference.

We would hope that all children and young people could live with their families, but for many different reasons this is not always possible.

Aberdeen City Council's Fostering Service is responsible for finding foster placements for all Aberdeen's children and young people who cannot be cared for by their own family. As a Fostering Service we recruit, train and support foster carers and are able to provide them with a wide range of opportunities to work with children.

Our friendly team will be happy to help with any queries you might have about fostering:

Being a foster carer involves caring for some of Aberdeen's most vulnerable children and young people so we need to make sure you're ready for what's involved.

The first step is easy, just get in touch.

Our foster carers come from all walks of life:

  • Some own their own homes, some don't
  • Some work full-time, part-time or not at all
  • Are in their 20s to 60s
  • Are married, living together or single
  • Some have children, some don't

What we do ask is that you:

  • Can provide a safe, secure and nurturing home
  • Are emotionally, physically and financially stable
  • Are enthusiastic, energetic and flexible
  • Can understand how important it is to work with birth families
  • Can work with a team, attend meetings and are able to write reports
  • Understand the importance of training and are committed to ongoing learning

Aberdeen City Council run a Payment for Skills scheme in recognition of not only the skills that applicants can bring to the role of fostering but also how they develop those skills throughout their fostering career.

Payment for Skills

Level 2016 / 2017 Annual Fee
1 £8277
2 £12414
3 £16554
4 £20461
ARC Scheme  £27869

Our foster carers also receive an allowance detailed below. These take into account the general expenditure relating to caring for a child including;

  • Pocket money
  • Food, accommodation etc
  • Fees for clubs and activities
  • Travel

Fostering Allowances

Age Weekly Payment
0-4 years £131.47
5-10 years £149.75
11-15 years £186.43
16-18 years £226.75

Payments for both are made on a fortnightly basis and two weeks in arrears.

01224 264242 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Drop in to Marischal College and ask to speak to a member of the Fostering Team.

Here are some questions and answers about fostering in Aberdeen. If you have a question which isn't answered here, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Yes, we have many carers, male and female who are single. We will want to make sure that you have a good support network as fostering can be challenging but this is the same for everyone who applies.

Not at all, we have foster carers in their 50s and 60s.

No, it doesn't matter if you live in a flat or house, or if you rent or own your home. It is preferable that children have their own room. At the start of the process we will visit your home to make sure it's appropriate.

We have many foster carers that still work so this is not necessarily a problem. You will need to consider how you will manage both the commitments of work and fostering. We can help you with this and also link you in with other foster carers who work.

Having pets is not a barrier to becoming a foster carer and can often provide children and young people positive experiences. This will need to be considered when we are matching you with children and young people, and a health and safety check will be completed to ensure that there is no risk to them.

We do have carers that do not drive, but we still need to ensure that his does not disadvantage the children/young people in your care. There may be school, meetings, contact to attend which can prove difficult. Please do not see this as an obstacle. We can discuss this with you and again link you in with other foster carers to discuss their experiences.

No, you will be considered as self-employed and will need to register yourself as such. You will also need to register to pay National Insurance contributions.

Many of our foster carers have children. It is important that you talk to them about fostering from the beginning. We have staff who work specifically with sons and daughters of foster carers.

We will carry out the following checks as part of your application:

  • PVG checks
  • Medicals – carried out by your own GP
  • Local Authority Checks
  • Three personal reference checks
  • Health Visitor/school checks for your own children
  • Ex-partner check if children were involved
  • Employment checks if involved with children or vulnerable adults
  • Health and Safety check of home
  • Pet questionnaire

Yes, we do not base our decisions on sexual orientation.

We will provide you with:

  • A supervising Social Worker
  • A buddy/mentoring scheme for the first year
  • Training
  • Annual Review
  • Regular supervision
  • Support for sons and daughters
  • A competitive payment for skills scheme
  • Out of house Social Work support

We ask that you become a member of the Fostering Network.

Our foster carers receive an allowance for the children they care for; this is to cover food, clothes, activities etc. All our carers are also on the Payment for Skills Scheme; this recognises that fostering is a challenging role which requires training and commitment. Most of our carers start at Level 1 but are supported to increase their knowledge and skills over time and so there is potential to move up levels. Each of our Payment for Skills Levels have an increasing financial package attached to it.

If you are already an approved foster carer with another Local Authority or agency and are exploring other options we will be happy to meet with you to discuss what we can offer.

Aberdeen City Council has signed up to the Independent and Voluntary Fostering Providers Forum Best Practice Protocol. It is important to work closely with you and your existing agency, especially if you are continuing to care for a child/young person.

If you are interested in transferring to Aberdeen City Council please contact us and a member of our team will discuss the process with you.

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