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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 online trainings, ongoing child-specific training and more. Check back here often for new events!

Foster Parent Prep Courses

Our foster parent prep courses (pre-service training) 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.

Events

Monthly Foster Parent Training Events

Encourage offers a mix of FREE online and in-person monthly training events for all foster parents. With the completion of these trainings, foster parents will receive credit toward the ongoing training hours for their foster care license.

Medical Training for Foster Parents: Day 1

Participants will earn three hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to Encourage foster parents only. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Saturday, March 26, 10am-1pm

Day 1: Preemie care, neonatal abstinence syndrome, feeding and medications, diabetes
Offered in person and online

Gather in person: Christian Children's Home of Ohio • 2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH

OR join us online via Teams

Registration required by March 23!
Sign up today!

Medical Training for Foster Parents: Day 2

Participants will earn three hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to Encourage foster parents only. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Saturday, April 2, 10am-1pm

Day 2: Neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, palliative & hospice care
Offered in person and online

Gather in person: Christian Children's Home of Ohio • 2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH

OR join us online via Teams

Registration required by March 30!
Sign up today!

2 Hour Tuesday - December 27

Participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Tuesday, December 27, 6-8pm

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI): Overview Of TBRI

Offered In Person Only

  • Christian Children's Home of Ohio 

       2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH 44691​​

Register today!

2 Hour Tuesday - November 29

Participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Tuesday, November 29, 6-8pm

Recording Our Memories: Lifebooks And How To Be Creative To Preserve Kids' Memories

Offered In Person Only

  • Christian Children's Home of Ohio 

       2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH 44691​​

Register today!

2 Hour Tuesday - November 1

Participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Tuesday, November 1, 6-8pm

In Need Of A Normal Life: Why You Should Consider Fostering Residential Kids

Offered In Person & Online

  • Gather in person at the Christian Children's Home of Ohio 

       2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH 44691

Register today!

First Aid & CPR Training - July 9

Participants will earn five hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Saturday, July 9, 9am-3pm

First Aid & CPR Training

Offered In Person Only

  • Chrisitian Children's Home of Ohio 

       2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH 44691

  • Lunch provided

Register today! This training is full! Next training will be October 15.

2 Hour Tuesday - December 6

Participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Tuesday, December 6, 6-8pm

Anxious No More: Coping With Anxiety

Offered In Person & Online

  • Gather in person at the Christian Children's Home of Ohio 

       2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH 44691

Register today!

First Aid & CPR Training - October 15

Participants will earn five hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Saturday, October 15, 9am-3pm

First Aid & CPR Training

Offered In Person Only

  • Encompass Christian Counseling

       1590 Crestview Drive • Ashland, OH 44805

  • Lunch provided

Register today!

2 Hour Tuesday - September 6

Participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Tuesday, September 6, 6-8pm

Don't Tell Me NO: Dealing With An Oppositional, Defiant Child

Offered In Person & Online

  • Gather in person at the Christian Children's Home of Ohio 

       2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH 44691

Register today!

2 Hour Tuesday - September 27

Participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Tuesday, September 27, 6-8pm

Uncomfortable Topics: Hygiene, Showering & Bathroom Topics

Offered Online Only

Register today!

Pop Up Foster Parent Training - November 14

Participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. Registration is required. This training is open to any licensed foster parents. Childcare is not provided. If you have any questions, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at ashcraftp@ccho.org.

Monday, November 14, 6-8pm

Life Skills: Independent Living Skills For Teens

Offered In Person Only

  • Christian Children's Home of Ohio 

       2685 Armstrong Road • Wooster, OH 44691

Register today!