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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

To share the latest information about today's meth labs – 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.  For more information, call (330) 379-2090.

 

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.

Each summer, more than 1,000 children in the care of Summit County Children Services are given backpacks filled with school supplies – all donated. However, because of limitations on the agency’s use of funds for this type of purchase, the agency depends on the generosity of the community’s organizations and individual donors in order to provide school supplies to the children we serve.  CLICK HERE for a list of needed item. 
 
A donation of $25 will purchase a backpack and school supplies for the youngest children. A donation of $35 will provide essentials for a middle school or high school student – including a scientific calculator.
 
Monetary donations can be made online through PayPal (click on Donor/Volunteer Opportunities and use the “Donate Now” button). Individuals can also mail a donation to the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, 44306, ATTN:  Community Relations.  Checks can be made payable to Summit County Children Services.
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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