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The new normal at our foster agency

The new normal at our foster agency

We saw, nationwide, a 44% increase in the number of children requiring foster care Covid-19 and foster care We are hopeful that a vaccination programme will bring about the changes we are looking for, but we still hear that we are in for a difficult winter with...

The new normal at our foster agency

We saw, nationwide, a 44% increase in the number of children requiring foster care Covid-19 and foster care We are hopeful that a vaccination programme will bring about the changes we are looking for, but we still hear that we are in for a difficult winter with economic uncertainty. We welcome people with transferrable skills, suitable for fostering, who will consider fostering a child, as an...

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Relationship led support

Relationship led support

Foster carer support is an area debated frequently; it can also be a measurement of an agency’s success. The levels that foster carers feel supported determine an agency’s success. When foster carers feel happy with the service they are receiving they will tell others and we would prefer to increase our number of foster carers as result of our own carers recommendations.

Adolescents

Adolescents

We know that one of the biggest needs for our partnering local authorities is for families to care for teenagers, however despite the increasing demand, the families coming forward to foster are often anxious about fostering teenagers for fear that they will bring trouble to their door. One of our foster carers laughingly will tell you that she never wanted to foster teenagers, but having fostered two, has found it to be enlightening and much more about the individual young people and their age irrelevant. We appreciate the challenges associated with caring for teenagers but feel it is also one of the most rewarding times about parenting/fostering, because we can see the emerging adult develop.

Helping children deal with domestic violence

Helping children deal with domestic violence

The NSPCC believes 1 in 5 children live with domestic violence.  At To the Moon and Back Foster Care we are often asked to find a foster family who can support a child who has repeatedly witnessed domestic violence. This is recognised as a significant adverse experience for a child and seen often in addition to other signs of neglect and abuse.


We see the day to day effect of domestic violence on children and young people.  We work with our foster carers to enable them to think about how to best provide a safe and nurturing home where the child feels supported to recover from their experiences or at least manage the trauma associated with being exposed often to high levels of violence within their own home.

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