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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

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Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Child Care Professionals

Summit County Children Services is pleased to offer the following training:

FREE 3-hour review training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse on Wednesday, March 11, 6-9 p.m. NOTE: You must be on time in order to receive your certificate.
These trainings are specialized to meet the requirements for all child care employees, child care centers, and Type A homes. Topics covered in these trainings include: an overview of Summit County Children Services, indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting, community supports, prevention of child abuse, and supporting families.
Doors open for the trainings 30 minutes prior to the start time; trainings will begin promptly on time. Please note that no one will be permitted a late entrance.
These trainings are held at the Main Building of Summit County Children Services located at 264 S. Arlington Street in Akron. For more information, please call (330) 379-2090.

Each year, Summit County Children Services counts on community donations to brighten up the season for children in agency custody by providing them with festive Easter baskets.  This year donations of Easter items are once again needed – especially for infants, school-aged and older boys.

Monetary donations are certainly welcome – but for those preferring to donate Easter items, here are some suggestions.  For school-aged boys’ baskets:  small sports balls or outdoor toys; cars and trucks; coloring/activity books and markers, books, candy and chocolate bunnies.  For pre-teen boys:  hand-held games, chapter books, action figures, gadgets, small games/puzzles, candy and chocolate bunnies.  CLICK HERE for a complete list of suggested Easter basket items for children of all ages.

Easter items can be delivered between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to Summit County Children Services, 264. S. Arlington Street, Akron.  These donated Easter Baskets will be delivered to children by agency Social Services staff.
Close-Up on Opiates: The Effects of Opiates on Our Community

Close-Up© on Opiates: The Effects of Opiates on Our Community

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 a.m.-Noon. Vendors and Registration open at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. This event is FREE.

St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Rd., Akron


The opiate epidemic in Summit County has affected our community on many levels. Various systems have been involved in bringing this issue to the forefront and working to find solutions. As professionals we strive to understand the addiction process that has created such a widespread grip on our community.


This year’s Close Up on the Opiate Epidemic will focus on taking a deeper look into how this problem affects individuals and families. Participants will gain knowledge of the addiction process and hear firsthand accounts of how addiction has impacted individuals as well as their families. Common stereotypes of addicts will be addressed as well as those that impede professionals from being able to provide the interventions needed. Representatives from our local ADM Board will also be providing updates on how the effects of opiates are being addressed in our community.


The Bath Police Department and the Copley Police Department will present Hidden in Plain Sight. Also featured will be a Resource Fair with 30 vendors offering information for treatment providers.


REGISTRATION FOR CLOSE-UP ON OPIATES IS FULL.  A waiting list is now being taken.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please click on the link:   http://www.eventbrite.com/e/close-up-on-opiates-the-effects-of-opiates-on-our-community-tickets-15516521333?aff=eac2


Close-Up is presenting its 22nd annual educational program as part of Child & Family Awareness Month. For more information about Close-Up or Child & Family Awareness Month, call (330) 379-2090, visit summitkids.org or follow us on Facebook.

New and Gently Used Winter Coats and Mittens Needed

The Summit County Children Services 'Clothing Center' – which provides new and gently worn clothing of all types throughout the year for needy client families served by the agency – is asking area residents for donations of mittens as well as new and gently used winter coats for school-age children (roughly size 6-16 for both boys and girls).

Regular hours of The Clothing Center are Mondays from 1-4 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.-noon. Those interested in making a donation after hours or on weekends can make use of the convenient large blue donation bin recently installed just outside The Clothing Center building on the Summit County Children Services campus. Simply come to the agency, located at the intersection of South Arlington Street and Martin Avenue, and follow the access road to the security entrance.

For more information please contact Penny Myers or Saunja Mayfield at (330) 379-1822.

Success Stories


Summit County Children Services is proud to share the stories of some of its foster and adoptive families. These are real stories about real families from this community and their commitment to 'building families and building futures' through foster care and adoption.

Click here for more information.

SCCS Events
28th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month

April is the 28th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month, a month-long celebration of children and families.  CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION about the numerous events and activities that are scheduled throughout the month.

Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Monday, March 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington Street, in Akron.

At this meeting, agency staff will explain the process, support provided by the agency, and costs involved (specific to adoption) as well as share general information about the types of children who come into care. Attendees will also have an opportunity to view the agency's Recruitment DVD, which features children who wait to be adopted. Advance registration IS NOT required. The meeting is FREE to the entire community. Questions - (330) 379-2055.

Featured Waiting Child
There are more than 100 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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