Foster carers on the Isle of Man are set to receive up to £475
per week after the island transferred its fostering service to the
The IoM government hopes the move will reduce the number of
children placed in residential homes or off-shore within mainland
UK, and lead to an extra 10-15 placements with foster families over
the next 18 months.
Foster carers looking after most children will receive between
£150 per week for 0-4 year olds to £220 per week for
11-16 year olds. Those taking on children with specific problems
will receive from £269 for 0-4 year olds to £475 for
11-16 year olds.
Private foster agency Fosterplus won the contract for five years
because of government restrictions on recruitment. It had
previously been run by a charity. The government will manage the
budget and pay carers directly.
Care and contracts manager for Isle of Man social services Ed
Coates said: “Fosterplus will be able to offer professionalism and
proper support for carers and the children and that is just as
important as the scale of allowances.”