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Back to school

Back to school

Many parents saw this, at least initially, as very challenging. Yes, some schools remained open for some pupils, but the majority were out of school, out of their familiar routine and no longer able to be with their friends. For these reasons, many people are looking...

Back to school

Many parents saw this, at least initially, as very challenging. Yes, some schools remained open for some pupils, but the majority were out of school, out of their familiar routine and no longer able to be with their friends. For these reasons, many people are looking forward to getting back into a routine and the children returning to school or nursery. That said though, there will be many...

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Anger is a communication

Anger is a communication

“Don’t teach your child never to be angry, teach your child how to be angry” 


As a fostering service we work with children who have lived through adverse experiences. At To the Moon and Back Foster Care we are sometimes asked for advice on caring for a child who presents as angry. Caring for children who present at times as aggressive, intimidating or angry can be challenging to foster carers and over the years we have offered lots of advice, training and support to our foster carers and social workers on this very subject.

Christmas time for foster children

Christmas time for foster children

Whilst the majority of us look forward to Christmas spending time with our families and exchanging gifts, for many children in foster care it can be a time of very mixed emotions. Christmas can be very confusing or an overwhelming experience with some children missing their birth families and unable therefore to feel truly happy. Others having never experienced Christmas celebrations before, find the whole experience, whilst enjoyable, at the same time, slightly strange or bewildering. Even if the children have experienced Christmas celebrations before, given that each family does it differently and have their own traditions, it is likely that the child will have feelings that need to be considered and supported.

Foster carer is a profession

Foster carer is a profession

I have met many foster carers over the years, who have demonstrated to me their huge desire to be the best they can be, in order to advocate and support the individual child in their care.  Some of these carers wanted to simply parent the children in a caring and loving way and others saw their role as professional carers. All, I feel, understood their levels of responsibility and accountability and were prepared to go as far as they could to make a difference to the lives of the children they supported. In return they expected very little, other than, respect for their knowledge and skill and to feel valued for their dedication and commitment.

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