We frequently turn away up to 80 children every month due to the lack of suitable foster homes. There is a great need for foster parents for all ages, especially sibling groups, school age children, teens and kids with medical needs.
A decision to explore fostering is a decision to positively impact the life of a child in need. Foster care takes patience, grace, flexibility and the ability to say YES to something new. We know that it is a huge commitment, but we are here to support you along the way.
Read below for the next steps in your exciting foster care journey!
Learn More About Becoming a Foster Parent!
Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent
3 Steps To Foster Care
Whether you have decided to become a foster parent or simply want to know more - we can help guide you in your next steps.
You can request an in-depth informational packet by filling out the online form below or by calling us at 330.462.1118.
We offer foster parent prep courses multiple times a year in various locations throughout north central Ohio.
All Encourage foster parents are generously compensated for time spent in training.
Click here to see when and where the next training will be held.
After you have completed foster parent prep courses and an application, a home study assessor will meet with you in your home to get to know your family and will assist you in preparing your home for foster kids. A home study typically takes three to six months to complete.
Our Promise to You
We are committed to supporting our foster families professionally and personally. We invest fully in our families and children. We will walk alongside you every step of the way.