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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
Women’s Auxiliary Board Rummage Sale Set for Saturday, September 10 at the Fairlawn Community Center

The Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services is holding its annual Rummage Sale on an earlier date this year:  Saturday, September 10, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 South Smith Road, Fairlawn.


All rummage donations – such as clothing, housewares, lawn and garden items, craft supplies or accessories – are welcome. Please drop off any donated rummage at the Fairlawn Community Center on Friday, September 9 between 8:30 a.m. - noon.  Tax deduction receipts will be available to all donors.


Also new this year, the Women's Board will offer for sale to shoppers coffee, tea, water, donuts, and cookies.  Proceeds from the Rummage Sale will be used to directly benefit the children in the care of Summit County Children Services. 


The Summit County Children Services Women’s Auxiliary Board has been a fixture in the Greater Akron community since it was started in 1948. The organization today numbers nearly 100 members who volunteer countless hours throughout the year in support of numerous Summit County Children Services projects, including the annual Holiday Toy Room which provides gifts for children in agency care.


For more information on the Women’s Auxiliary Board September 10 Rummage Sale, contact Sandy DeLuca in the Summit County Children Services Community Relations Department at (330) 379-1994 or by e-mail at sdeluca@summitkids.org.

Adoption Mixer at Ramseyer Farms

Summit County Children Services invites families who are looking to adopt to attend our Adoption Mixer at Ramseyer Farms in Wooster on Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meet our waiting children and explore more than 40 family fun activities – plus have a chance to talk with our social workers to get more information on growing your family through adoption. Free admission, lunch, and parking. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 15, by calling (330) 379-1990 (option 2)

Interested families are encouraged to ask their workers to send copies of their home study to:
David Zimmerman
Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio 44306
Fax - (330) 379-1924

Click here for more information.

Free 4th Annual 5K 'Recovery Walk' Saturday, September 10

As part of Summit County's observance of September as 'National Recovery Month' – and in partnership with Square Fest and a variety of community organizations – the free 4th Annual 5K 'Recovery Walk' will kick off Saturday, September 10 at Noon at Oriana Day Reporting, 750 W. Market St. in Akron's Highland Square District. (Overflow parking for participants will be at Akron UMADAOP, 665 W. Market St.).

The walk will highlight the many advocacy efforts and services available to the growing number of individuals and families who wish to access and sustain long-term recovery. Recovery Walk participants will spend a family-friendly afternoon of fun, food and fellowship while learning more about the many recovery support and treatment providers in our area.

This year's Recovery Walk will offer an opportunity for eligible participants to earn county Vitality points. Also, participants will be able to create a sign to walk with to honor a loved one who fought a battle with addiction; sign-making materials will be provided for free.

Event sponsors include: Summit County Children Services (Coordinator of the STARS Program), IBH, Freedom House, Greenleaf, Oriana House, F1 Community Housing, the County of Summit ADM Board, Summit County Juvenile Court, Ohio Guidestone, Summit Metro Parks and the Packard Institute.

For sponsorship information, contact Paula Rabinowitz.

Click here to register online.

Visit the Heart Gallery at the Cuyahoga Falls Library

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.

SCCS Events
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Wednesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at Ellet Branch Library, 2470 E. Market Street, 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) 379-1990.

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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