Become a Foster Parent!

Walk through the step-by-step process to become a licensed foster or adoptive parent with Encourage!

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Events & Trainings

The Encourage staff is focused on connecting with and supporting our incredible families with trainings and special events!

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Encourage Resources

Find all the forms and documents you need, along with links to other helpful websites, in our Resource Center.

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Why Choose Encourage?

Our mission is to connect foster and foster-to-adopt families with strong support systems that will equip them with the physical, emotional and logistical help they need when opening their hearts and homes. We are intentional with the message of providing encouragement so that every foster parent and youth is successful in the purpose to which God is calling them.

Other Ways You Can Help

Want to help but don’t think you’re ready to be a full-time foster or foster-to-adopt parent? Great news: There are several ways you can still get involved!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be married? How long does the home study process take? Don’t foster children have lots of problems? Find the answers to your questions!

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Encouragement from our Blog

Making art, making progress
Making art, making progress

One of the preteen girls in our program recently demonstrated huge progress…

On any given day in Ohio
On any given day in Ohio

On any given day in Ohio, nearly 16,000 children are being cared for away…

2 Hour Tuesday
2 Hour Tuesday

While we wait for in person First Friday foster parent trainings to return,…

I Want to Become a Foster Parent!

Ready to take the next steps in becoming a foster parent? Great! Simply fill out the form below and an Encourage employee will be in touch to get the process started!