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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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Be a Part of Bringing Mental Health to Main Street this July

Mark your calendars for the weekend of July 22nd through 24th for a variety of activities to kickoff the Change Direction Campaign in our community.


Friday will offer an educational symposium and a lunchtime kickoff rally at Lock 3 (with food trucks!). The free symposium will offer CEU's for social workers and counselors. Registration information will be available soon.


The public is invited to the free lunchtime kickoff at Lock 3 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The kickoff will feature guest speakers, food trucks, and mental health resources available in Summit County.


On Saturday, campaign volunteers will be at community events in Green, Cuyahoga Falls and Akron. Sunday's focus in the faith community will be on key messages about mental health and reaching out to anyone who needs help.


Please 'Like' and 'Share' the Change Direction Summit County Facebook page for added details about upcoming local events.


For additional information about the Campaign to Change Direction, please visit www.changedirection.org.

SCCS Re-launches Traveling 'Heart Gallery' To Promote Foster Care and Adoption

The Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit of photographs of local children who are currently in foster care and awaiting adoption. The children are boys and girls of all ages who are waiting for a permanent family to love, care for, accept and make them feel safe and secure. The children dream of finding a forever family to be their own. The Heart Gallery will be on display throughout the year at various locations in Summit County. For more information on the Heart Gallery, please call (330) 379-2055.

2015 Annual Report Now Available

Summit County Children Services' latest Annual Report - entitled 'Bringing Dads Into the Picture' - is now available. Please click here to view this year's report. Printed copies are also available upon request . . . just contact Chris Vasco at (330) 379-2070 or at cvasco@summitkids.org.

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
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron


There is always a need for foster and adoptive parents in Summit County.  Summit County Children Services presently has more than 200 children in foster care – including more than 40 children in permanent custody waiting to be adopted.  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) 379-2055.

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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