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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 ore-service prep courses for new families, ongoing online and in person foster parent trainings, and more. Check back here often for new trainings!

Foster Parent Pre-Service Courses

Have you ever felt God may be calling you to become a foster parent? Encourage holds foster parent pre-service prep courses multiple times a year. If you have any interest in becoming a foster parent, but you don't know where to start or have questions, please contact Heather Huebner at 330.462.1118 or

Ongoing Monthly Foster Parent Trainings

Encourage offers FREE online and in person trainings 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. If you have any questions about ongoing foster parent trainings, please contact Palma Ashcraft, training coordinator and foster care assessor, at

Tuesday, December 14, 6-8pm

Creating a Foundation with Foster Children in the First Week
Trainer: Whitney Beougher, LSW

Encourage is now offering 2 Hour Tuesday online trainings through Zoom. Open to any licensed foster parent, participants will earn two hours of face-to-face training credits. No sign up is required. Join us as your schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact Whitney Beougher, LSW, foster care assessor and trainer at

2 Hour Tuesday

Info Sessions, Prep Courses & Trainings

Foster Parent Prep Courses

Encourage offers foster parent prep courses (pre-service training) several times each year with a focus on Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Prep courses provides 24-hour trauma-focused training to become a licensed foster parent during two power weekends. If you have any questions about foster parent prep courses, please contact Heather Huebner, recruiter and engagement specialist, at 330.462.1118 or

View Our Prep Course Schedule
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