Best Christian Workplace Certified 2024
Encourage Foster Blog
by Encourage
1w ago
It’s an honor to share that CCHO and our family of ministries has been recognized as a Best Christian Workplace for the eighth year in a row! We were recognized among 262 faith-based organizations across the globe for our commitment to grow in areas such as Inspirational Leadership, Healthy Communication, Life-Giving Work, and more. Our employees once again completed an annual anonymous survey that evaluated the workplace based on Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s proprietary “FLOURISH Model”: Fantastic teams, Life-giving work, Outstanding talent, Uplifting growth, Rewarding c ..read more
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What is Pre-Service?
Encourage Foster Blog
by Encourage
2M ago
Maria Reina, Trainer & Intake Coordinator, shares a sneak peek into the 24-hour Pre-Service training for foster parents. At Encourage, our main goal is to connect and support prospective foster families and provide them with the information and resources they need. There is a great need for homes for foster children and healing would not be possible if it wasn't for the families who have the heart to love and care for them.   On Day 1 of the Pre-Service classes our staff welcomed the new foster families with open arms! Kevin Hewitt, CEO, Jessica Berry, Encourage Director, Heather Hue ..read more
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The Opportunity of Valentine's
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by Encourage
2M ago
As a foster parent you show children they are loved each and every day. Valentine’s Day creates a unique opportunity to open the floodgates of love and create special memories for your foster children. While teachers, peers and the community are highlighting relationships, children in foster care are reminded of the heartache they have endured. What an opportunity to show them they are loved. Below are some ideas that can help create memories filled with fun, love and connection!   Bake, Cook & Eat What a great time to decorate some cookies, make heart-shaped rice krispie treats or c ..read more
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Welcoming Our New Executive Director and Director of Operations and Recruitment
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by Encourage
6M ago
"I am so excited to announce Jessie Berry as our new Director of Encourage Foster Care! Her passion for the children in foster care is manifested in both her professional and personal life." Kevin Hewitt, CCHO President & CEO announces. "I look forward to Jessie leading our Encourage staff, foster parents, and foster children with her quiet strength, wisdom, and grace. Jessie Berry shares, "I am excited and blessed to take on the position of Director of Encourage. I look forward to finding ways to strengthen our program, provide quality support for our foster families and foster youth, an ..read more
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A Foster Family's Heart
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by Encourage
9M ago
We were honored to sit down with one of our foster families, The Beery Family, to ask them some questions about fostering with Encourage. Amanda and Elijah share their heart for fostering. ,What drew you to fostering? We weren't particularly interested in fostering, but as we pursued adoption, foster care found us. So I would say it was something we never planned to do, but was the best decision we ever made. ,Why did you choose Encourage Foster Care? We knew we wanted to pursue adoption and in the process we both were feeling internally maybe fostering was something we wanted to do but we ha ..read more
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Help Your Foster Child Transition Back to School
Encourage Foster Blog
by Encourage
9M ago
For many of us, back to school means shopping for new clothes, backpacks, and other supplies. For others, it’s the excitement of reconnecting with friends and meeting new teachers. But for kids in foster care, the start of a new school year can be yet another difficult transition. Separation anxiety can be a very real struggle for children in foster care, due to past trauma and their growing attachment to you. For children and teenagers in foster care, a new school year can be overwhelming and may include some unique challenges, including navigating a new building, learning new rules and a new ..read more
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Summertime
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by Encourage
9M ago
As we are in the full swing of summertime, The Forgotten Initiative reminds us that summer can be a stressful time for any family. Routines have to change. Work schedules are adjusted. Often, we feel even busier with sports and activities. For some children in foster care, this can be an extra stressful time, as change in routines can spark feelings of insecurity or a lack of safety. As your family navigates the transition into summer, here are a few reminders: Give space for big emotions. This is normal and it can be helpful to expect them. Remember to talk through upcoming plans beforehand ..read more
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What do you know about foster care?
Encourage Foster Blog
by CCHO
1y ago
What do you know about foster care? And how do you know what you know? Sometimes we carry preconceived notions that are not as accurate as we first thought. Foster care is complex. The youth being served have diverse needs. No two foster families are exactly the same. There are a variety of guidelines and structures you may have never heard of before. Some exist to provide safety for hurting kids. Others are a reminder that there’s room for improvement in the foster care system. Take a look at these 20 foster care facts that most people don’t know. What surprised you about foster care? What d ..read more
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Best Christian Workplace Certified 2023
Encourage Foster Blog
by Encourage
1y ago
We are pleased to share that CCHO and our family of ministries has received the designation of Best Christian Workplace for the seventh year in a row! We were recognized among 241 faith-based organizations across the globe for providing meaningful work, promoting career growth, building trust-based relationships, and emphasizing healthy work-life balance. It’s an honor to celebrate this special recognition. Our employees once again completed an annual anonymous survey that evaluated the workplace based on Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s proprietary “FLOURISH Model”: Fantastic teams, Lif ..read more
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The time is right for social work
Encourage Foster Blog
by CCHO
1y ago
Encourage Foster Care celebrates this year’s Social Work Month in March with the theme “The Time is Right for Social Work” to highlight how social workers have enriched our society for more than a century and how their services continue be needed today. Social workers serve with leadership, respect, and compassion to empower others to live their best lives. Since the first social work class was offered in 1898 at Columbia University, social workers have led the way to create positive change for people in need. Today there are nearly 720,000 social workers in our nation. That number is expected ..read more
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