Support

To the Moon and Back Fostering is different

We have put wellbeing at the very heart of this agency because we believe foster carers should feel valued and supported at all times.

After working in the care sector for more than 20 years, we have learned that the wellbeing of foster carers is the most important factor in creating a happy foster home. Our goal is to give children in care the best possible chance in life. So, the foster carers who give them that chance, by opening up their homes and hearts, must be cherished and looked after by us.

How we support you

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.

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Our relationship with you

We believe these are the key factors that can influence your relationship as a foster carer with our organisation:

  • A generous and competitive Foster Care Allowance that could amount to £24,000 per year per child
  • Paid respite, so you can take a break
  • Regular family events, meet-ups and a warm welcome into a network of other local foster carers
  • A support line open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Training that goes beyond the mandatory course, including specialist trauma awareness training
  • The opportunity to become a fostering mentor
  • A caring team who listen to your opinions
  • A dedicated social worker who provides regular supervision
  • heart of the child care team

We know that without proper support, training and respite, foster carers can sometimes feel ‘burnt out’ or decide to stop fostering. We aim to help prevent that from happening.

By looking after you properly, giving you the best training, empowering you to care confidently and ensuring you get breaks when you need them, we believe you can become the best foster parent for the children in your care.

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Regular supervision meetings and support

We meet with our foster carers regularly for supervision sessions where you can discuss with us any problems you may be having, receive advice or get extra help. We are always there to give reassurance that you are only human and we know that sometimes foster caring can be hard! You are never alone when you work with To the Moon and Back Fostering.

As a carer you can be confident that we will always provide a friendly listening ear, 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.

Respite foster care

We understand that from time to time, you’ll need to recharge your batteries, so we offer you the opportunity to do just that with our paid respite days. We provide between 14 and 21 days paid respite per year. These respite days offer you the opportunity to take short breaks.

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A network of foster carers near you

We believe that looked after children and their foster carers need a network of support and links in the community. The job of bringing up a child, especially one who has suffered trauma or loss, is too big for one person to shoulder alone. That’s why we build a whole network of other carers, professionals and local organisations around you and your foster child. This ‘Hub’ of support is called the ‘Mockingbird’ model and has been piloted by Fostering Network.

We will aim to recruit foster carers from a similar geographical area, giving you the chance to meet up and form friendships with other carers who will understand your experiences. There will be regular social and family events organised by us so you can get to know each other. But we will also make links with local GPs, schools, community organisations and even businesses who can become part of your network. The aim is for this Hub of carers to work like an extended family who support and look out for each other, and even offer respite care. We are confident in the caring abilities of all the foster carers we select and train and we know that you can handle this job. But sometimes it’s helpful to have other people to lean on too.

Training in trauma awareness for everyone

We meet with our foster carers regularly for supervision sessions where you can discuss with us any problems you may be having, receive advice or get extra help. We are always there to give reassurance that you are only human and we know that sometimes foster caring can be hard! You are never alone when you work with To the Moon and Back Fostering.

As a carer you can be confident that we will always provide a friendly listening ear, 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 on children’s behavioural and emotional problems. 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.

How our culture and values support you

To the Moon and Back’s culture and values are based on the ethos of ‘Social Pedagogy’. Social pedagogy aims to achieve a holistic education of the head (knowledge), heart (emotional learning), and hands (practical and physical skills). All of these elements are of equal importance when bringing up a child.

Find out more about why we build a team around our foster families and offer a high level of support to foster carers here