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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 October 4

 

The Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services is holding its annual Rummage Sale Saturday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 South Smith Road, Fairlawn.
 
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, October 3 between 8:30 a.m. - noon.  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 October 4 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.
 
 
September is Kinship Appreciation Month

 

Summit County Children Services believes that the best place for children to thrive is in their own homes. However, when a child has been abused or neglected – and there is a need for placement outside of the home – whenever possible they are placed with relatives or individuals considered to be “kin” to the child. 
 
With Sunday, September 7 recognized as ‘National Grandparent’s Day,’ the entire month of September is also being celebrated as ‘Kinship Appreciation Month’ throughout the county to honor kinship caregivers for all they do for the children of this community.
 
Kinship Care is an arrangement where grandparents, other relatives, Godparents, or close family friends provide a child with a home, food, clothing . . . and unconditional love . . . to help maintain the child’s connection with family and minimize the trauma of separation. It is estimated that nationally some 150,000 foster children – nearly one third of all foster children – are living with relatives. Locally, 149 kinship caregivers are caring for 214 children who are in the custody of Summit County Children Services with many other children in the legal custody of relatives.

For more information on kinship care, call Summit County Children Services at (330) 996-1799.

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 Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m.-Noon.  NOTE:  You must be on time in order to receive your certificate. 
FREE 6-hour initial training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse on Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15, 6-9 p.m. each evening.  NOTE:  You must be on time and attend both evenings in order to receive your certificates.
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.
2013 Annual Report Now Available

This year for the first time the agency's latest Annual Report -- entitled 'Moving Forward' -- is being distributed electronically.  Please click here to view the report.  Printed copies are also available upon request. . . call SCCS Director of Public Relations Chris Vasco at (330) 379-2070 / cvasco@summitkids.org.

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SCCS Events
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Monday, September 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington Street, 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.

28th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month

 

The 28th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month, a month-long celebration of children and families, will be observed in April 2015.  CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION about the upcoming Creative Workshops being held are area Community Learning Centers.

  
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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