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.
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
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 Foster Care, 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 henceforth known as To the Moon and Back Foster Care.