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Due to the COVID-19 crisis and Ohio's current stay-at-home order, we are providing virtual pre-service training sessions at this time. We look forward to a time when we can resume normal operations and meet face-to-face again!
We are also hosting virtual Information Meetings during this time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: you must participate in an Information Meeting prior to beginning pre-service training.
If you’ve been thinking of becoming a foster parent or adoption, you’ve already done the hard part. The next step is easy.
To learn more, request an Information Packet or call Beech Brook today at 216.831.2255 to register for a free information meeting. You’ll learn more about the children who are waiting for families and the steps you’ll need to take to become a foster parent.
Since many foster parents also choose to adopt if their foster children become available for adoption, our training classes prepare families for both options.
Beech Brook’s training classes follow the state of Ohio’s rules for licensing foster parents, along with the specialized training needed to understand childhood trauma and provide a therapeutic and healing home environment.
Our foster parents receive extensive training and support, including:
Beech Brook also provides services for youth ages 18-21 who are aging out of foster care through Ohio’s Bridges program which provides the support they need to make a successful transition into adulthood.
When you register for an Information Meeting or begin your training classes at Beech Brook, you’ll have the pleasure of meeting Tonya Reese, our foster care services coordinator. Tonya is not just a highly skilled professional. She’s a mom, a foster mom and an adoptive mom. Tonya clearly knows what she is talking about, and she’ll make sure you get off to a great start as a foster parent.
“I met a neighbor who was fostering children, and these children were always at my house playing with my kids,” Tonya recalls. “This neighbor’s shift changed at work, and my husband I became her alternate care givers. We became friends and she suggested that Tonya and her husband become foster parents.’”
Tonya’s first reaction was to say no.
“I had heard horror stories about foster children; however, after getting a better understanding of foster care and taking care of her children, my heart melted. I went on to foster eight children, along with my four children, and adopted six of the eight foster children,” she said.
That would be more than enough for most people, but Tonya had more to give.
“Since I was always helping others with whatever they were going through in their lives, I decided I could help in many other ways. So, I went back to school for social work. I started at Cuyahoga Community College to make sure I could balance school and raising 10 children. I received my bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and then completed my master’s degree at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences,” she said.
“Although I have worked in several fields of social work, my passion has always been working and advocating for all children. With all this said, I did not do it alone. My husband and I worked as a team. I continue to advocate for children and try to make sure they have a good foster home match that will provide the stability and services they need while in care.”
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