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

UDPATE: Due to the current health orders of COVID-19, it is our priority to keep you and your family safe. We are hoping to host  foster parent prep courses in person. Other events have either been postponed or moved to an online format when possible. Encourage staff are currently working to bring you online opportunities for trainings to keep your foster license up-to-date as well as ways to introduce new families to Encourage.

Foster Parent Training

Our foster parent training or prep courses are offered several times each year with a focus on Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Please click here to see dates and location for our next training.

Foser Parent Info Session

We are looking for imperfect parents. Because being a foster parent isn’t about having a perfect home. It’s about having a welcoming home. Being a foster parent isn’t about having a perfect heart either. It’s about having a willing-to-learn heart. The need is great for parents who believe in imperfect progress and have empathy for brokenness. Especially for teens, sibling groups and children with medical needs.

If imperfect is where you are, join us for our upcoming info session:

Monday, May 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Ashland YMCA Banquet Room
207 Miller Street, Ashland, OH 44805

New! 2 Hour Tuesday

While we wait for in-person foster parent trainings to resume, Encourage is now offering 2 Hour Tuesday online trainings through Zoom. Open to any licensed foster parent, participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. No sign up is required. Join us as your schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact Whitney Beougher, LSW, foster care assessor and trainer at beougherw@ccho.org.

TBRI Video: The Neurochemistry of Fear
Tuesday, April 20, 6-8pm
Trainer: Whitney Beougher, LSW
Join the Zoom training.

First Friday Events

Encourage offers free monthly events to provide information and advice to foster parents from all agencies in the area. Foster parents will receive hours toward ongoing training hours for their foster care license. If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Kauffman at 419-631-1928 or kauffmanj@ccho.org

When meeting in person, free child care is available for Encourage foster families onlyDinner and training are free for all participants.

To receive training credits for online sessions, foster parents must watch the entire session and fill out an evaluation form.