Foster Parent Pre-Service Training Schedules

Foster Parent Pre-Service Training is NOW Virtual!

The first step to become a foster parent is to contact our Recruitment Department. We are here to answer your questions about foster parenting. Contact our Recruitment Director at today!

YOU can make an impact on a child's life. Our foster parent training consists of learning sessions designed to help you develop skills and tools as you begin to understand how foster children have been affected by their troubled backgrounds.

You learn the importance of working as a team with social workers, schools and counselors, all for the benefit of you and the children you welcome into your home. Our staff and trainers guide you through behavior management, realistic expectations, and the entire foster parent licensure process.


  •  NEW Virtual per-service classes begin Thursday, January 14, 2021! 

  •  Complete training from the comfort of your home! 

  •  Jump in at any time and we'll host make-up sessions. 

Become licensed from the comfort of your home. Fill out the inquiry form below or contact to learn more!

ONLINE Pre-Service Schedule


Thursday 14 Orientation

Tuesday 19 Child Development

Thursday 21 Child Protection Team

Tuesday 26 Trauma and its Effects

Thursday 28 Understanding Primary Families


Tuesday 2 Minimizing the Trauma of Placement

Thursday 4 Long Term Separation

Tuesday 9 Managing Emotions and Behaviors

Thursday 11 Transcending Differences in Placement

Tuesday 16 Effects of Caregiving

Thursday 18 Post Adoption Issues

Tuesday 23 Child Sexual Abuse

TBD Orientation II

Being a good foster parent requires:
  • TIME
Beyond that, these are some of the qualities that Pathway Case Managers feel make a GREAT foster parent:


  • Having reasonable expectations and meeting a child where they are at.

  • The ability to create an enriching lifestyle for the children in the home.

  • Being a good team player by consulting with case managers when issues arise.

  • Offering some normalization for a child by integrating them into the foster family and also allowing them experiences outside of the foster home when appropriate

  • Supporting biological family relationships and engaging when appropriate.

  • Self-motivating.

  • Successfully handling transitions and helping children do the same.

Pathway Caring for Children

Canton/Administrative Office 

4895 Dressler Rd NW Suite A

Canton, OH 44718

Phone: 330.493.0083

Brook Park Office

5131 West 140th Street

Brook Park, OH 44142

Phone: 216.267.7070

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Toll Free: 1.800.838.7284



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Pathway is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Pathway is funded in part by United Way of Greater Stark County, and is a Stark Mental Health Addiction Recovery provider Pathway is also a member of the Ohio Children’s Alliance.

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