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Summit County
Children Services

264 S. Arlington St.
Akron, OH 44306
Phone: 330.379.9094
Fax: 330.379.1901
Hearing Impaired: ORS 7-1-1

Latest News

Summit County Children Services Department Director Tracy Mayfield discussed addiction, treatment, and the opioid crisis with members of the Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery on Monday, November 13th.  Ms. Mayfield traveled to Washington D.C. to share her experiences working in social services and developing the Summit County Collaborative on Trauma Alcohol and Other Drug and Resiliency Building Services for Children and Families or "STARS" program.

SCCS collaborates with Summit County Public Health (SCPH) and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board (ADM) to provide necessary resources to families impacted by addiction. Outreach services are provided by SCPH as well as traditional case management services, parenting classes focused on addiction, recovery coaches, ongoing substance abuse treatment and tutors and mentors for children being served by SCCS. 

2018 Adoption Calendar Available


The new 2018 Adoption Calendar is now available!  Children in agency custody are waiting to be matched with an adoptive family ... a 'forever' family.  Our 2018 Adoption Calendar features 13 terrific young people waiting to be adopted.  The calendar also provides educational information for anyone interested in foster care and adoption with Summit County Children Services.  To request a calendar, please call (330) 379-2055 or email bhite@summitkids.org.


Summit County Children Services is pleased to announce the members of its inaugural Leadership Academy for 2017-2018.   Fifteen staff members were chosen by a selection committee made up of agency Administrators from all Divisions throughout the organization.  The following staff will be the 1st class of the Summit County Children Services Leadership Academy:


Michael Ayayo – Protective Department                                           

Megan Bertram – Protective Department                                           

Lauren Brown – Intake Department                                                    

Elizabeth Fowler – Intake Department                                               

Jonathon Hart – Legal Department                                                     

Timothy Longworth – Intake Department                                           

Janeen Murphy – Protective Department                                            

Gina Oriti – Placement and Permanency Planning Department

Kristine Ruiz – Protective Department

Adam Schumacher – Protective Department

Christina Snyder – Protective Department

Jennifer Snyder – Fiscal Department

Andrea Stephens – Intake Department

Krista Szalay – Intake Department

Joselyn Vasquez-Molina – Protective Department


SCCS Presents Its 2016 Annual Report

Summit County Children Services' 2016 Annual Report - entitled "The Challenge of Protecting Children During the Opioid Epidemic" -  is now available.  Please CLICK HERE (or click on the graphic) to view it online.  If you would like to request a printed copy, please contact Ann Ream, Department Director of Community Relations, at (330 379-2070 or at aream@summitkids.org.


Tshana Jefferson always loved children and knew one day she would become a parent. “Growing up I couldn't wait to become a mom. Even though I am single, I was ready to start my family, so I decided to go the foster-to-adopt route.”


SCCS Events
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Wednesday, January 31, 6 p.m. at Firestone Park Branch Library, 1486 Aster Avenue, Akron

Summit County Children Services presently has more than 650 children in custody.  It is critical that there are enough foster and foster to adopt families to temporarily and permanently care for these children.  Those attending the information meeting will learn a variety of details about foster care and adoption including what and how long the process is, what kind of support is provided by the agency, and the minimal costs involved with adopting a child through a public agency such as SCCS. Agency staff will be available to share basic information about the children coming into care.  This event is free and open to the entire community and reservations are not needed.  For information, call (330) 379-1990.

Featured Waiting Child
There are more than 170 children in the permanent custody of Summit County Children Services, many of whom are age 12 and older and do not have an identified adoptive family. Click below to read the profiles of the children waiting to be adopted.

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