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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
Phone Service Restored at Children Services

UPDATE:  Phone service at Summit County Children Services has been restored. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience the phone outage may have caused.

2015 Annual Report Now Available

Summit County Children Services' latest Annual Report - entitled 'Bringing Dads Into the Picture' - is now available. Please click here to view this year's report. Printed copies are also available upon request . . . just contact Chris Vasco at (330) 379-2070 or at cvasco@summitkids.org.

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, May 12 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Part 2: Tuesday, May 17, from 6 - 9 p.m. Must attend both classes for credit.

FREE 3-hour review training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse - Wednesday, May 4, 6-9 p.m.. This training is FULL and there is not a waiting list.

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.

Click here to register.

Please look back at our website in June for trainings scheduled for July.

Foster Parent Recognition Event

May is National Foster Parent Month. This year on May 13, Summit County Children Services will hold a recognition event for all licensed and retiring foster parents. If you have received an invitation and wish to RSVP, please click here. Thank you for opening your hearts to the children of Summit County.

SCCS Re-launches Traveling 'Heart Gallery' To Promote Foster Care and Adoption

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.

Thank You Easter Basket Donors

With the Easter holiday again arriving early this year, Summit County Children Services once again asked for community donations to help brighten up the season for children in agency custody by providing them with festive Easter baskets – and the community responded with hundreds of donated baskets. As a public, levy-funded agency, Summit County Children Services is limited in its ability to use levy dollars for certain expenses, so the agency relies on the generosity of the community to provide children in custody with ‘extras’ such as Easter baskets, school supplies and holiday gifts. For more information on making a donation, please call Summit County Children Services’ Community Relations Department at (330) 379-1994 or log onto summitkids.org.

Ninth Annual Foster Parent Conference

The Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center and Summit County Children Services is proud to announce the upcoming 9th Annual Foster Parent Conference on Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7. The conference will be held at the Education Center at Summit County Children Services. Foster Parents can register on E-Track or call the NEORTC toll free registration line at (866) 294-3787. If you have any questions, please call Julie Hayden at (330) 379-1976. For more information. Click here to view the event pamphlet.

Success Stories


Summit County Children Services is proud to share the stories of some of its foster and adoptive families. These are real stories about real families from this community and their commitment to 'building families and building futures' through foster care and adoption.

Click here for more information.

SCCS Events
29th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month

April is the 29th 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

Wednesday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road, Uniontown


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. 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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