Our aims

To be a foster agency of choice, recruiting and retaining the most caring and talented people within the industry

To embrace the principles of social pedagogy and commit to developing our foster carers and employee leadership potential. All of which would be conducted  within a culture of self-reflection, learning processes, and shared life experience

To work within the “Every Child Matters” National Policy Framework, promoting physical and emotional well-being, educational enjoyment and attainment. Feeling part of the community and having economic well-being, all whilst feeling a significant member of the family

To be a responsive and evolving organisation focused on continuous improvement

To provide foster carers who are positive role models, able to treat the foster child as they would their own child advocating the achievement of all aspects of the child’s development

Our beliefs

Children and young people have the right to expect a place of safety and reliable support within a nurturing stable family environment for as long as they need it

The safety of a nurturing home balanced with the undertaking of negotiated risk enables individual personal growth, and supports the individual young person to reach their potential

The views and wishes of children and young people should be listened to and taken into account when planning their futures and the future development of our services

Looked after children should have the same life chances as every other child and that being a looked after child should not reduce life opportunities or outcomes for children

It is important to emphasise equal partnerships and achieve effective team work

Everyone involved with To the Moon and Back Foster Care has the ability to influence positive change and continuous improvement

Our values

We believe we can

We have a “can do” approach to enabling people to achieve their full potential. We aim to create close relationships with our professional partners, to achieve shared objectives for our young people. We make time to help our colleagues where needed and work innovatively, challenging assumptions and offering new ideas to achieve outcomes

We make it personalised

We understand the need to listen actively and to be aware of our personal impact on others. We engage those around us to be fully involved in decision making on behalf of the young person and we remain focused on achieving personalised outcomes

We dare to care deeply

We will support our foster carers and our professional team to use their warmth, love, creativity and knowledge to go the extra mile for our young people, treating them as if they are their own children. We are respectful of others and feel passionate about achieving the best outcomes for our young people. We will challenge assumptions and be known for our honesty and straightforward approach. We are quick to admit what we can do better and make it happen

We are centred on the child

We aim to understand emotions and behaviours and create opportunities for our foster carers and professional team to build authentic relationships with our young people, walking alongside them and supporting them to feel that we can be trusted and are truly on their side. We remain calm in stressful situations and take smart risks when needed to enable a young person the opportunity to develop their confidence and ability to make good decisions for themselves

We do the right thing at the right time

We aim to provide timely honest feedback and a development programme for both our foster carers and professional team, so that our people are equipped and feel confident and supported to make informed decisions in a timely way. We contribute proactively to prevent the arising of issues for young people where possible and we see things through to their conclusion

Our two founders; Angela and Alison have always worked in the caring profession with Angela starting out her career as a trained nurse and Alison a social worker

Angela always had a great passion for social and health care. It was this passion that led her to gain substantial experience and success in operating social and health care for adults. It was during this time that Angela was asked to lead a 12-week project for a foster agency. She instantly fell in love with the fostering sector and when offered the role of CEO for a foster agency in Essex, she jumped at the chance.

Alison was an independent social worker working with a variety of local authority and independent fostering agencies. It was during one of Alison’s secondments to a foster agency in Essex that she first met Angela.

Two years on and Angela had left her role as CEO in Essex but still desperately missed the fostering service. Consequently, in January 2017 Angela decided to approach Alison to see if she would be interested in setting up a new fostering agency.

Many an exciting discussion followed, with the result being a shared belief in the recent outcomes of social pedagogy research. They both were, and still are, extremely passionate about well-being, and have put this at the very core of the company. They are both also proud founder members of the social pedagogy professionals association.

Company name

After spending many an hour considering different brand names for their newly found company, they decided to focus their thought process on why they were so passionate about setting up the foster agency.

In a nutshell they decided that it was mainly due to two core elements:

  • The outcomes for children in care not being good enough, many children in care do not have the same opportunities as their peers, through no fault of their own
  • They felt compelled to improve standards and offer the children in their care more opportunities

They then began to question just how far they would go to enable success. Well, to the moon and back!

When considering how far we would ask anyone to go for the children, again, the answer seemed to be, to the moon and back

The more they began to think about the name “To The Moon And Back”, the more it made sense. It had great connotations with Little Tiger Press’s famous children’s book; Love you to the moon and back, as well as the aspiration of a heart full of hope and the feeling, you’re never truly alone, that you experience when you look up to the moon.

And so it was decided, the new foster agency would be hence forth known as To The Moon And Back.