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. At this time, foster parent prep courses have been postponed. In-person 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.

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.

April First Friday

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this month’s First Friday foster parent training online through Zoom. We hope you will join us on Friday, April 3, 6-7:30pm for encouragement and practical tips.

Topic: Helping kids manage stress
Speaker: Emily Engman, LSW and Whitney Beougher, LSW of Encourage Foster Care

Advance registration required. Let us know you are attending by Friday, March 27 and you’ll receive the Zoom meeting invitation link in your email inbox.