A decision to explore fostering is a decision to positively impact the life of a child in need. We are always looking for loving people to open up their hearts and homes to children in the foster care system. We frequently turn away up to 80 children every month due to the lack of suitable foster homes. Simply put, we need more foster homes, and we especially need homes for children over the age of five, brothers and sisters, and children who have experienced sexual abuse.

Read below for the next steps in your exciting foster care journey!

First, you must officially request an in-depth informational packet from us. You can do this by either filling out the online form at the bottom of this page or by calling us at 330.462.1118.

We offer foster parent prep courses multiple times a year in various locations throughout north central Ohio. Click here to learn where and when the next training will be held. All licensed Encourage foster parents are generously compensated for time spent in training.

Finally, after you have completed training and submitted an application, a home study assessor will meet with you in your home to get to know your family and will assist you in preparing your home for foster kids. A home study typically takes three to six months to complete.

I Want to Become a Foster or Foster-to-Adopt Parent!