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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 and Family Awareness Month

The 31st Annual Child & Family Awareness Month


April 2018 will mark the 31st Annual Child & Family Awareness Month,
a month-long celebration of children and families! 
The theme this year is 'A Family is the Door to Happiness'
created by Sofia,a student from Seton Catholic School and
the 2017 Grand Prize Winnerof the Poster/Slogan Contest. 

There is an event scheduled each week during the month of April -
see information below.  Please join us as we raise awareness
on the important issue of child abuse and neglect prevention.



A Poster/Slogan Creative Contest for children in grades K-5 is being held as part of the Month.  ALL CHILDREN WHO LIVE IN OR ATTEND SCHOOL/DAYCARE IN SUMMITCOUNTY are invited to put their creative thinking caps on and enter!!  Children can create a poster in school as part of a class project … at home with their family … in a daycare center as a special activity.  It doesn’t matter where or how … just share your thoughts on what ‘A Family is …’ to you!  Click here for Contest Rules & Guidelines.  Submission deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018.

One Grand Prize winning poster/slogan will be chosen and recognized at Summit County Children Services’ 9th Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, April 27.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive a gift card, trophy and an Achievement Certificate.  And, their slogan will be the theme of the 32nd Annual Child & Family Awareness Month celebrated in April 2019.  NOTE:  All children will receive a Certificate of participation.


Week 1 –
Tuesday, April 3 – 6-9 p.m.

Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron
Sponsored and presented by Summit County Children Services

Title:  Protect Your Church, Protect Your Children: Complying with Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Laws
This 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 REQUIRED - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.  Click here for an event brochure.


Week 2 –
Wednesday, April 11


Businesses and organizations 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 Audrey Arend, Aministrative Assistant with SCCS at arenda@summitkids.org. Click here for an activity flyer.


Week 3 –
Wednesday, April 18 – 8 a.m.-Noon

Greek Community Center, 129 S. Union Street, Akron
Sponsored by Summit County Children Services, Summit County Juvenile Court, Summa Health System, The CASA/GAL Program of Summit County and the Family & Child First Council of Summit County

Keynote Presenter:  Dr. Vincent J. Felitti
Dr. Vincent J. Felitti is one of the world's foremost experts on childhood trauma.  The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) is a research study conducted by the American health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.  Participants were recruited to the study between 1995 and 1997 and have been in long-term follow-up for health outcomes.  The study has demonstrated an association of adverse child experiences (ACEs) with health and social problems as an adult.  The study is frequently cited as a notable landmark in epidemiological research and has produced many scientific articles and conference and workshop presentations that examine ACEs.  In addition, local agencies and organizations will participate in a Resource Fair.  This event is FREE.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT EVENTBRITE.COM.  Click here for an event flyer.


Week 4 -
Friday, April 27 – 7:30-9:30 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 along with this year's Grand Prize Winner of the Poster/Slogan Contest.  This event is by invitation only.

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