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Summit County
Children Services

264 S. Arlington St.
Akron, OH 44306
Phone: 330.379.9094
Fax: 330.379.1901
TTY: 330.379.2036

Latest News
3rd Annual Meth Lab Community Forum Set for Sept. 16

The growing abuse of dangerous drugs – such as meth and heroin – continues to plague our community and impact not only individuals, but entire families. To share the latest information about today's substance abuse trends – including what to look for, where to report, as well as strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery – Summit County Children Services is partnering with the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Board to sponsor the 3rd Annual Meth Lab Community Forum on Tuesday, September 16, from 6-8 p.m., in the Auditorium of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, Downtown Akron.

 
This event – being held during National Recovery Month – is free and open to the public, with ample free parking available in the parking garage at S. High and E. Market Streets.  National Recovery Month is an observance which promotes the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance abuse disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.  For more information, contact Summit County Children Services at (330) 379-2090 or at summitkids.org. Parents who can't attend the September 16 event can also get valuable resources at http://starttalking.ohio.gov/.

 

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.

5th Annual Summit for Kids a Huge Success

A huge crowd of more than 18,000 people attended this year's 5th Annual Summit for Kids celebration held at the John S. Knight Center on August 2. In addition to back to school supplies, immunizations, crafts and activities, dental services for children and live entertainment on the event stage, kids had a chance to meet Spiderman, Brobee and Foofa from Yo Gabba Gabba and, at the Summit County Children Services Booth popular movie/comic book superhero 'Captain America.' For more information, please visit www.summitforkids.net.

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.

Summit County Children Services has launched a major, multiyear research project focused on parents addicted to drugs and alcohol — one of the big reasons kids end up in the child welfare system.The agency received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct the five-year effort, which began in March.  It will attempt to better identify parents with substance-abuse problems and improve services for them and their children. The overall goal is to stabilize troubled families and not remove children from their homes.  Click here to reach the article that appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal on January 2, 2013.

Are you interested in adoption?
SCCS Events
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Tuesday, September 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ellet Branch Library, 2470 E. Market St., 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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