Become a foster carer

It is one of the most worthwhile things anyone could do and there are a huge number of children in need of a loving home who are waiting for someone like you to come into their life and help them change their future.

Types of foster care

Fostering siblings

Sibling groups vary in size, and the keeping of large sibling groups together is a particular challenge. If you have the capacity to care for a sibling group regardless of the size we would be delighted to talk to you informally about how you can help to keep a family together.

Fostering siblings

Fostering teenagers

Children regardless of their age are in care through no fault of their own. There are large numbers of teenagers in need of a local foster home. Teenagers in care may present with emotional needs as a result of the hurt, loss and separation they may have experienced.

Fostering teenagers

Fostering young parents

There are young parents and their babies in need of foster care. This is an area of speciality for our organisation and we provide training for foster carers wanting to undertake this type of fostering

Fostering young parents

Fostering a child with special needs

Supporting children with complex needs is very rewarding. Foster services for disabled children are often short term, providing breaks to carers who care for children with physical, learning or sensory disability. Fostering children and young people with complex needs can be longer term too. Homes that have good access will be better for children who use wheelchairs or require additional equipment to support their health care needs. Foster carers will be provided with specialist training and ongoing support to meet any complex medical needs as required.

Fostering children with special needs

We understand that initially being in foster care can be a traumatic experience for any child and so we aim to make the transition as easy as possible

The benefits of fostering with To the Moon and Back Foster Care

Part of a professional team

Trauma informed development

Relationship based Support

Feel safe and secure

Financial support and allowances

Thorough placement matching

Our placement matching plan

Matching children with families is a vital component of successful fostering and we place significant importance to getting this right avoiding children having to be moved to another family because initial matching was unsuccessful. 

Caring and considerate

We want you to feel successful as a foster care, enabling children to fulfil their true potential in life. We value our reputation as a caring agency and will do what it takes on your behalf to match the needs of children and young people with your ambitions, lifestyle, skills and experience. 

 

Honest and transparent

We share detailed information with you and discuss openly how a child may fit with your family.

We seek additional detail, including the ongoing support that may be needed, in order to ensure you and your family feel informed and well prepared to welcome a child or young person into your family.

Trusted relationship

We respect and value what foster carers do for children and young people.

We listen to you and get to know you and your family well as part of the assessment process. We use our learning, to support and advise you when considering how a child or young person may fit within your family.

Continued Support

We provide guidance and helpful hints to support children and young people to settle with you and your family and monitor closely, all progress, ensuring that you feel safe and secure in your fostering and an effective part of the team around the child. We work closely with you, identifying your individual needs and those of any other family members, supporting you in your decision making.

How we support you

Regular supervision meetings and support

We meet with our foster carers regularly for supervision sessions where you can discuss with us any challenges you may be having, receive advice or get extra help. We put you at ease from the very start, helping you to reflect and learn how to be successful foster carers. We will offer reassurance that you are only human, and we know that sometimes foster caring can be hard but you are never alone when you work with us.

As a carer you can be confident that we will always provide a friendly non-judgemental approach to problem solving and professional advice on how to understand why children behave in certain ways when they have experienced trauma. We are here to help and support you on your fostering journey.

Our Director, Alison Kindred-Byrne, has a wealth of experience in coaching parents and foster carers about children’s behavioural and emotional challenges. You will have access to her experience and advice as well as support from your own, dedicated, social worker. We pride ourselves on offering an outstanding level of support to our fostering families.

Our respite plan

We have built from the ground up an agency designed to support, nurture and empower foster carers to become the best they can be. This means you will always have someone on hand to contact for support at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.

We will give you a dedicated social worker with whom you can develop a strong relationship.

We will give you paid respite so you can take short breaks when needed. And our specialist trauma awareness training is designed to build your confidence as a foster carer when faced with challenging situations.

Our respite plan

We have built from the ground up an agency designed to support, nurture and empower foster carers to become the best they can be. This means you will always have someone on hand to contact for support at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.

We will give you a dedicated social worker with whom you can develop a strong relationship.

We will give you paid respite so you can take short breaks when needed. And our specialist trauma awareness training is designed to build your confidence as a foster carer when faced with challenging situations.

Ethical values and a holistic approach

We are an agency shaped by our ethical values and purpose led culture. We are friendly, open and transparent. Our people are kind and respectful and willing to advocate for what is right on behalf of our foster carers.

We have a holistic approach that embraces individuality. We offer our team the opportunity for remarkable development, connecting with fabulous leading-edge researchers and teachers to enable our team to be at their therapeutic best, ensuring that they are the best versions of themselves capable of enabling children to reach their true potential despite their challenging start in life.

Building relationships

Our reputation is important to us. We invest in the time needed to build meaningful relationships with our foster carers and the team around the child. We work on average to ten foster families per supervising social worker, enabling our team to spend the time needed to connect and work closely with our foster families, creating safe empathic spaces, where conversations are open and unrushed. We build trust and support our foster carers to feel confident, empowered and successful in their role.

Building relationships

Our reputation is important to us. We invest in the time needed to build meaningful relationships with our foster carers and the team around the child. We work on average to ten foster families per supervising social worker, enabling our team to spend the time needed to connect and work closely with our foster families, creating safe empathic spaces, where conversations are open and unrushed. We build trust and support our foster carers to feel confident, empowered and successful in their role.

Supporting care leavers

Despite the challenges faced by many children when entering care, the prospect of leaving can be even more daunting. We believe in supporting our children to ensure that they are fully prepared for the transition to independence. This may start early when encouraging children to learn to cook or keep their room tidy or manage their pocket money.

Our training programme equips our foster carers with the necessary skill set that they need to prepare their child for leaving the care system. Throughout their time in foster care the child will learn a range of skills to ensure that they can seamlessly progress into adulthood and independence.

Does this sound like you?

If so, you have come to the right place and could be the type of person our looked after children need. We are very keen to hear from people who want to foster or find out more about what it entails.

To get in touch you can call us on 01223 800420 or email us directly at hello@moonandbackfostering.com.

Alternatively fill in the form on the right and we’ll get back to you when it’s convenient.