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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
Donations Needed for Annual Easter Basket Program

With this year's Easter holiday fast approaching, Summit County Children Services is asking for community donations to help brighten the season for children in agency custody by providing them with festive Easter baskets.  The agency accepts assembled and wrapped baskets for boys and girls, ages 12 months to teens. Here are some suggested items that can be included:

Boys & girls, age 12-24 months:  small, age appropriate toys, sippy cups, sleepers, books, chocolate bunnies or animal crackers.

  • Boys & girls, age 3-5 years:  age appropriate toys, sidewalk chalk, reading or coloring books, crayons, small stuffed animals, small craft kits, chocolate bunnies or candy.
  • Boys & girls, age 6-10 years:  age appropriate toys, hair accessories, journals, small sports balls, reading or activity books, playing cards, small craft kits, chocolate bunnies or candy.
  • Tweens or Teens, age 11+:  age appropriate toys, journals, wallets, hair accessories, full-size candy, individual snack bags, sports balls, body care products, ear buds or flash drives or chocolate bunnies.

Monetary donations are also welcome; checks should be made payable to Summit County Children Services and mailed to 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio  44306.  Click here for the Easter Basket Program flyer.

Filled baskets and items should be delivered to Summit County Children Services Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  For more information, please call (330) 379-1994.

Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Child Care Professionals

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

6-hour initial training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse - Part 1: Thursday, February 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Part 2: Thursday, February 23, from 6 - 9 p.m. Must attend both classes for credit. Registration for this training is closed.

These trainings are tailored 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.

Please note that all classes are limited to the first 50 people and are located at our main administration building at 264 South Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio 44306.

Future classes will be scheduled in May 2017.

Visit the Heart Gallery at the PNC Center in Downtown Akron



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
30th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month

April is the 30th 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

Tuesday, February 28, 6 p.m. at Firestone Park Branch Library, 1486 Aster Avenue, Akron

 

Summit County Children Services presently has more than 200 children in foster care – including more than 60 children in permanent custody waiting to be adopted – so there is always a need for foster and adoptive parents.  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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