Kinship carer allowance

Kinship care is when a relative or friend takes on the care of a child or young person whose parents cannot look after them.

If you are a kinship carer you may be entitled to an allowance. This is paid at the same level as our foster carers minus any child-related benefits you may be entitled to such as child benefits or child tax credits.

Age of child Weekly allowance
0-4 £147.18
5-10 £167.65
11-15 £208.71
16-18 £253.90


All formally approved kinship carers where the child has a looked after status are eligible for the allowance.

Also eligible are some kinship carers who care for a child subject to an S11 Order, Children (Scotland) Act 1995, who is or was:

  • previously taken into the care of the local authority
  • placed with the carer by the local authority
  • at risk of being taken into the care of the local authority


If you think you may be eligible for an allowance and live in Angus call 01241 438000 or email

We will assess your application, carry out a financial assessment and notify you in writing to tell you whether or not you are eligible for an allowance, and the reason for the decision.

If your application is successful, payment will be backdated to the date of your initial enquiry.

Allowances are reviewed annually.

If you live outwith Angus contact your local authority about kinship care allowance - even if the child you care for was looked after or placed by Angus Council.

Kinship website

The National Kinship Care website provides news, policy and other information to help you support the child or children in your care.

You may also find our child protection pages useful.