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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
Foster Parent Rcognition Breakfast

May is National Foster Parent Month. This year on May 9, Summit County Children Services will hold a recognition breakfast for those foster parents who have reached milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25+ years and those foster parents who are retiring. This is an invitation only event. 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

Sixth Annual Foster Parent Conference

The Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center and Summit County Children Services is proud to announce the upcoming Sixth Annual Foster Parent Conference on Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10. 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.

SCCS Receives 'Expedited Reaccreditation' from Council on Accreditation (COA)


Summit County Children Services has long been known as a provider of high-quality services for children and families – and that reputation for quality recently received official recognition with the news that the Council on Accreditation (COA) has reaccredited the agency for a period of four years. According to a March 29 letter from Richard Klarberg, President and CEO of the Council on Accreditation, SCCS was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any 'out of compliance' ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards reviewed during the COA’s four-day site visit completed in mid-March. In his letter to SCCS, Klarberg called this expedited reaccreditation an “amazing achievement” for the agency. Click here to read the press release.


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.

SCCS Events
27th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month

April's 27th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month is a month-long celebration of children and families.  CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION about the events and activities planned for the month and to REGISTER ONLINE to attend select events. 

Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Thursday, May 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington Street, 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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Success Stories



Summit County Children Services is proud to share the stories of some of its foster and adoptive families and families who have participated in the Alternative Response and Father Factor programs.  These are real stories about real families from this community and the agency's innovative services to keep families together.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.