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Becoming a foster or foster-to-adopt parent is a very big decision that comes with a whole bunch of very big questions. Find answers to the most common questions we receive from potential foster and foster-to-adopt parents below.

  • Step 1 : Inquire
    First, you must officially request an in-depth informational packet from us. You can do this by either filling out the online form at the bottom of this page or by calling us at 330.462.1118.
  • Step 2: Register for Prep Courses
    We offer foster parent prep courses multiple times a year in various locations throughout north central Ohio. All licensed Encourage foster parents are generously compensated for time spent in training. Click here to learn where and when the next training will be held.
  • Step 3: Complete a Home Study
    Finally, after you have completed training and submitted 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

We rent our home.

I don't live in Wayne County.

I am divorced.

We have full-time jobs.

I am single.

We home school our children.

We have two dogs.

We have a lot of questions.

We are retired.

I am scared to say yes.

We have four bio children.

Our kids go to daycare.

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