Fostering in Hertfordshire

If you live in Hertfordshire and you are thinking about fostering then we are the Hertfordshire agency for you.

According to the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children, Looked After Children and Care Leavers Annual Report 2017-2017, there are currently just over 900 children in care in Hertfordshire with over 300 (33%) of these children being placed out of county.

We are a forward thinking independent fostering agency looking for foster carers in Hemel Hempstead, Bishop’s Stortford, Stevenage, Watford and St Albans. We have a team of wonderful local social workers and therapists and we believe that everyone involved with To the Moon and Back Foster Care has the ability to influence positive change and continuous improvement. We emphasise equal partnerships and achieve effective team work and we feel very strongly that all looked after children in Hertfordshire should have the same life chances as every other child and that being a looked after child should not reduce their life opportunities or outcomes.

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There are different types of fostering

Fostering siblings

Fostering siblings

At To The Moon And Back we strive to keep siblings together where possible. We understand that initially being in foster care can be a traumatic experience for any child and so we aim to make the transition as easy as possible. One of the best ways we can do this, is by placing siblings together. Across Hertfordshire there is a big demand for the opportunity to keep siblings fostered together. Sibling groups vary in size, and the keeping of large sibling groups together is a particular challenge. If you have the capacity to care for a sibling group regardless of the size we would be delighted to talk to you informally about how you can help to keep a family together.

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Fostering a young parent

Fostering a young parent

Across Hertfordshire there are young parents and their babies in need of foster care. This is an area of speciality for our organisation and we provide training locally for foster carers wanting to undertake this type of fostering.

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Fostering teenagers

Fostering teenagers

Hertfordshire children regardless of their age are in care through no fault of their own. There are large numbers of teenagers in Hertfordshire in need of a local Hertfordshire foster home. Teenagers have emotional needs as a result of the hurt, loss and separation they may have experienced. Sometimes the older children have had to protect their younger siblings and as a result have provided the role of parents from a young age and as such not had anyone focus on their needs.

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Who Can Foster Children and Young People In Hertfordshire?

We are looking for foster carers in and around Hertfordshire especially in areas such as Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Bishop’s Stortford, Watford and St Albans. We are looking for people who are willing to go to the moon and back for children, treating the child as they would their own child supporting him or her to achieve their true potential in life.

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Why Choose To the Moon and Back Foster Care

We are a friendly approachable local independent foster agency. We offer development packages tailored to individual foster carers, whether you are new to fostering or an experienced foster carer, we recognise we all learn in different ways and at different speeds. We hold conferences close to our foster carers where we come together with a range of local professionals and learn from key experts about best practice and the latest research (link to the last conference)

We offer financial support with extra costs associated with the arrival of new children, for clothing and toys. We are a self-invested company and have no other shareholders. We therefore make local decisions about the development of our service including the future investment in our agency. We offer very competitive allowances to our foster carers for their skill and dedication. We focus on the well-being of our team and providing an outstanding service, ensuring when you need extra support you have it.

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How can you find out more about fostering with us in Hertfordshire

We have an administration office and use local office and meeting space around Hertfordshire so that our foster carers have local spaces to meet for coffee and undertake training and development. We are happy to chat informally over the phone and answer any questions you may have or meet you in your home or a local office

There are things to consider when thinking about fostering. As a minimum you need to have a dedicated bedroom available in your home that can be used by a foster child so that they have space they can call their own. As a foster carer you need.

For a friendly chat over coffee and cake please call us on 01223 80042 or email us at hello@moonandbackfostering.com or simply click the button below and fill out the form and we will get in touch with you.

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  • Open, caring, tolerant with determination, optimism, resilience and a good sense of humour
  • Willing to learn new skills about child development and care, offering stability and commitment to a child or young person
  • Open to working as a part of a close team, accepting advice and guidance from other professionals around you
  • Prepared to go to the moon and back to help a child achieve their true potential

How do you apply to be a Foster Carer with us in Hertfordshire

We appreciate that you will have considered fostering for a while before wanting to talk further about it. We know it is a big decision for you and there is no rush on our part, we will take as long as you like for you to make the biggest decision to change a childs life.

We can help you with answering questions about fostering with us, regardless of where you are in Hertfordshire. You can call us directly and we can talk over the phone, or you can arrange to come along to one of our local drop in information events. Following a discussion if you still feel fostering is for you, we will arrange to meet you in your home to talk again. Only when you are sure you want to become a foster carer with us will we suggest you complete our application form. To be clear, there is no commitment on your part until you have completed and submitted a formal application form and only when we have received your application will we commence the assessment process. At that point we will have assessed that you meet all of the basic requirements needed to become a great foster carer in Hertfordshire. The full assessment process is very detailed to fulfil child protection requirements so that we can be sure you are able to care for a vulnerable young person.

We will allocate an assessing social worker who will meet with you locally in your home in Hertfordshire. This person who works for To the Moon and Back will support you throughout the assessment process and when it is finished will submit it to our Independent Panel. The full process of becoming a new foster carer is fully explained in the link below.

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As a foster carer with Moon and Back you can expect:

  • To be part of a local community of Cambridgeshire Moon and Back foster carers with regular facilitated opportunities to meet as a group
  • To be allocated a friendly, empowering local Moon and Back social worker who will manage a small case load having the time and flexibility for you when you need it
  • A professional, personal and approachable relationship with the organisation which supports you to be successful and capable of helping young people reach their full potential in life
  • Regular monthly face to face contact with your supervising social worker at times convenient to you and on a day to day basis telephone calls and email information to maintain effective communication and active participation as part of our team
  • A basic allowance from £400 per child per week with additional allowances available depending on the child’s unique needs
  • A minimum of 14 days paid respite a year
  • An innovative approach to training and development in all aspects of looking after a young person in your home
  • Fun filled Moon and Back events for you, your foster child and your own family
  • A dedicated support line to our team of professionals available 24/7

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