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!

Empowered to Connect Conference

Join us for a LIVE SIMULCAST!

April 13-14, 2018, 10am–6pm
Wooster Church of the Nazarene – 3100 Oak Hill Rd • Wooster, OH 44691

Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches,
and professional to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.

This event includes two days of simulcast training, materials, breakfast, snacks and lunch

To view pricing or to register, please CLICK HERE

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 May 2nd! Click here to register

Friday, May 4 from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Parkview Christian Church (1912 Burbank Rd, Wooster, OH)


Social Media and Teen Anxiety, Presented by: Frank Yost, LPC

“Social Media and Teen Anxiety” by Frank Yost, LPC – Encompass Counseling

Frank will be talking about:

  • Unhealthy uses of social media
  • Different types of Social media and rise in cyberbullying
  • Dark Web and Trafficking
  • “Hidden” apps
  • Hiding and fake accounts
  • Sexting / Pornography
  • Depression, cuting as coping
  • Social media “challenges”
  • Eraser burns vs. Tide Pod
Child Care is free for our Encourage foster families
Dinner and Training are free for all participants!