24-Hour Child Abuse and Neglect
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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

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Summit County Children Services (SCCS) has partnered with many local agencies and organizations to plan a series of educational events and awareness activities to help educate the community about the importance of child abuse prevention.  Join us each week as we work together to stop child abuse.


Week 1

Tuesday, April 2 – 5:30-9 p.m.


The House of the Lord, 1650 Diagonal Road, Akron

Sponsored and presented by Summit County Children Services and The House of the Lord

*Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a fellowship meal; the training will begin at 6 p.m.

Title:  Protect Your Church, Protect Your Children: Complying with Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Laws

This FREE three-hour training will be co-facilitated by two master's level social workers from SCCS.  It is specially designed to help church leaders and lay members have a better understanding of child abuse and neglect precautions.  Participants will view the “Reducing the Risk” DVD, learn about the indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting and how to prevent child abuse, and also share current procedures, challenges and successes.  It is an engaging training with interactive lessons. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIREDClick here for an event flyer.



Week 2

Wednesday, April 10


Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in this state-wide program to help raise awareness of child abuse prevention by wearing blue on this day. Please take photos and share them with SCCS so they can be posted to social media platforms – email photos to Ann Ream of you wearing blue. Click here for an activity flyer.




Week 3

Tuesday, April 16 – 8 a.m.-Noon


Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, Akron

Sponsored by Summit County Children Services, Summit County Juvenile Court, Akron Municipal Court, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Shelter Care, Inc. and Family & Children First Council

Trainer:  Preshuslee Thompson, Facilitation & Research Specialist, The Ohio State University, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Throughout our lives, we are exposed to millions of messages about the world around us – messages that shape our perceptions of people, places, concepts and ideas.  As a result, all humans possess a range of implicit associations that operate unconsciously, outside of our awareness, and often times in conflict with our explicit beliefs.  Using an engaging and participatory structure, this session will equip attendees with a deeper understanding of our unconscious mental processing; the ways in which these implicit associations impact our decision-making despite our good intentions; and what actions we can take to prevent and respond to the emergence of bias.  In addition, local agencies and organizations will participate in a Resource Fair.  This event is FREE.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT EVENTBRITE.COMClick here for an event flyer.



Week 4

Tuesday, April 30 – 7:30-9 a.m.


Hosted by Summit County Children Services

St. George Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron

This Appreciation Breakfast is a “salute to those who care,” as a way to honor organizations, agencies, businesses, civic groups, families and individuals who have supported the children and families served by Summit County Children Services over the past year.  Special recognition will be given to selected “Champions for Children” whose accomplishments have significantly contributed to the well-being of children and families of this community. In addition, the recipients of the John 'Ed' Duvall, Jr. 'Detective of the Year' and 'Outstanding Service' Awards will be recognized.  The theme for the Breakfast is 'A Family is an Anchor in Rough Waters' created by Drew R., a student from St. Hilary School.  This event is by invitation only.




For additional information, please call Summit County Children Services, the lead agency for Child Abuse Prevention Month, at (330) 379-1994, visit summitkids.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.