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 August 1st! Click here to register

Friday, August 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Parkview Christian Church (1912 Burbank Rd, Wooster, OH)


“What Do You Do When…”
Presented by: Celeste Gerwig & Todd Smith – Encourage Foster Parents

Learn About: What do you do when you need to call the police, when dealing with sexual inappropriate behavior, when a child runs away, when a child threats a family member or pet, and IEPs. Participants will learn not only what to do, but learn to laugh and learn that its not the end of the world.

Child Care is free for our Encourage foster families
Dinner and Training are free for all participants!