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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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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. To honor kinship caregivers for all they do for the children of this community, the month of September is being celebrated as ‘Kinship Appreciation Month’ throughout the county.

Summit County Children Services is pleased to announce the members of its inaugural Leadership Academy for 2017-2018.   Fifteen staff members were chosen by a selection committee made up of agency Administrators from all Divisions throughout the organization.  The following staff will be the 1st class of the Summit County Children Services Leadership Academy:

 

Michael Ayayo – Protective Department                                           

Megan Bertram – Protective Department                                           

Lauren Brown – Intake Department                                                    

Elizabeth Fowler – Intake Department                                               

Jonathon Hart – Legal Department                                                     

Timothy Longworth – Intake Department                                           

Janeen Murphy – Protective Department                                            

Gini Oriti – Placement and Permanency Planning Department

Kristine Ruiz – Protective Department

Adam Schumacher – Protective Department

Christina Snyder – Protective Department

Jennifer Snyder – Fiscal Department

Andrea Stephens – Intake Department

Krista Szalay – Intake Department

Joselyn Vasquez-Molina – Protective Department

 

SCCS Presents Its 2016 Annual Report

Summit County Children Services' 2016 Annual Report - entitled "The Challenge of Protecting Children During the Opioid Epidemic" -  is now available.  Please CLICK HERE (or click on the graphic) to view it online.  If you would like to request a printed copy, please contact Ann Ream, Department Director of Community Relations, at (330 379-2070 or at aream@summitkids.org.

 

Tshana Jefferson always loved children and knew one day she would become a parent. “Growing up I couldn't wait to become a mom. Even though I am single, I was ready to start my family, so I decided to go the foster-to-adopt route.”

 

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, October 12 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Part 2: Thursday, October 19, from 6 - 9 p.m. Must attend both classes for credit. Registration closes on 10/6/2017.

3-hour review training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse -  Wednesday, October 25 from 6 - 9 p.m. Registration closes on 10/20/2017.

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 early 2018.

Click here to register.

Atije and Brian Booth love children and were interested in growing their family through adoption. As foster-to-adopt parents, they were able to provide love, support, and hope for children in need. Now those children are part of their forever family.

 

Visit the Heart Gallery at the Chapel Hill Mall Food Court



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

Tuesday, September 26, 6 p.m. at Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third Street, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Summit County Children Services presently has more than 650 children in custody.  It is critical that there are enough foster and foster to adopt families to temporarily and permanently care for these children.  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.

  
There are more than 170 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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