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Living Into Our Name

The word “Encourage” means “to give support, confidence and hope.” We feel this name beautifully illustrates why we do what we do as we seek to encourage each foster parent and child by helping them realize that they are a unique creation who carries immeasurable worth to our Creator. We are intentional with the message of providing encouragement so that every foster parent and youth is successful in the purpose to which God is calling them and we take the time to help our foster parents determine the characteristics of kids that will best fit in their homes.

With strong leadership in trauma-informed care and a diverse clinical team, Encourage is well positioned to care for the complex needs of youth in foster care.

Why Choose Encourage

Encourage Foster Care recruits, trains and licenses foster parents. We provide trauma-informed training and supportive services to foster families. We specialize in treatment foster care and prioritize sibling groups, older children, teens, and children with medical needs. Our heart is for these youth to experience safety and connection.

Treatment foster homes care for the higher-level needs of children or teens who have medical, emotional and/or behavioral issues. Encourage supports foster families throughout the youth’s stay in their home with weekly intensive case management, mental health counseling and psychiatric services as needed. Our goal is to equip treatment foster parents with the physical, emotional and logistical help needed to come alongside hurting kids. At Encourage, we work as a team and with community partners to provide wrap-around care for children and families. This added layer of support helps make lasting change for the whole family.

Encourage is a part of a trio of ministries with Encompass Christian Counseling and Christian Children's Home of Ohio. Our nonprofit organization has been addressing the social and emotional needs of children and families for more than 50 years.

What sets Encourage apart?

Our Mission

We connect foster and foster-to-adopt families with strong support systems that will equip them with the physical, emotional and logistical help they need when opening their hearts and homes.

Become a Foster Parent

Wondering what it takes to become a foster parent? Check it out!

You Have Questions

Becoming a foster or foster-to-adopt parent is a huge decision. Visit our FAQ section to learn more.

Respite Care, Mentoring & More

There are a host of other ways you can bless the families and children in the Encourage network.

Next Steps

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