Encourage hosts several events throughout the year as we work to connect our existing foster and adoptive families with the resources and support they need while also seeking out new families to add to our network. These include quarterly pre-service trainings for new families, monthly First Friday events, ongoing child-specific training and more. Check back here often for new events!

Foster Parent Training

Our quarterly foster parent trainings are held in locations through north-central Ohio. Please click here to see dates and location for our next training

First Friday Events

These free monthly events provide information and advice to foster parents from all agencies in the area. Foster parents will receive 3 hours of on-going training hours for their foster care license. In addition, child care will be provided for Encourage Foster children. Dinner and snacks will be provided for all!

If you have any questions, please call Shawn Pedani at 330.345.7949 ext. 2542


Want to attend? Register by October 31! Click here to register

Friday, November 2, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Parkview Christian Church (1912 Burbank Rd, Wooster, OH)

Fostering Hope: How to Manage Holiday Activities and Create New Traditions through Exploration and Connection

Guest Speaker: Abby Fischer, LISW, School Based Therapist, Christian Children’s Home of Ohio

Topics include:
1. Coping with holiday emotions
2. Exploring traditions to foster connection
3. Setting effective boundaries to manage the wants

This training is open to any licensed foster parents in the community. All foster parents will receive three (3) hours of on-going training hours for their foster care license.
Child Care is free for our Encourage foster families
Dinner and Training are free for all participants!