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Hertfordshire County Council

Why foster with us?

Join our trusted, local authority Hertfordshire Fostering Service - unlike other agencies, we are not-for-profit. As a Hertfordshire foster carer you’ll receive excellent training and support, payment for skills and a weekly allowance, opportunities to attend local events, plus ongoing development in this highly rewarding role.

Training and support

When you choose to foster with us, you'll receive exceptional training and support right from the very start, with ongoing development continuing throughout your role. We'll guide you every step of the way.


You'll benefit from:

  • fostering preparation training to help you get started
  • a dedicated social worker to help and supervise you
  • a personal development plan, identifying any training and development needs
  • core training, including First Aid and Safeguarding
  • bespoke training for your ongoing development  


  • a buddy - an experienced foster carer providing you with additional support
  • useful induction pack
  • ongoing local training
  • events and support groups to meet and share experiences with other foster carers
  • out of hours support - 7 days a week.   


foster carers

Pay and allowances

We'll offer you a weekly payment for your skills as a foster carer, plus a generous allowance for each child you look after.



To help cover the costs involved in looking after a child, you'll receive:

  • generous mileage allowance
  • setting up fee for furniture and equipment
  • 2 weeks additional summer payments
  • holiday and birthday allowance
  • initial clothing and school uniform allowance
  • festivities allowance.
Foster children smiling


We host various fostering open events at locations across the county. If you're interested in fostering with us, come along and find out more about this life changing role.

Come along to our next fostering open event

You'll get the chance to meet other local foster carers, hear their real life experiences and ask any questions you may have.

Get in touch

If you'd like to find out more about fostering with us:

Call our team on 0800 917 0925




Patrick - Foster Carer
"Our social worker and wider fostering team have really supported us. Everyone comes together to make sure we do the best for our foster child and it really is the best feeling when we see those little changes".
Patrick - Specialist Foster Carer