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.
Tuesday, April 2 – 5:30-9 p.m.
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT TRAINING FOR CHURCHES
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 REQUIRED. Click here for an event flyer.
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.
Tuesday, April 16 – 8 a.m.-Noon
CLOSE-UP ON IMPLICIT BIAS
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.COM. Click here for an event flyer.
Tuesday, April 30 – 7:30-9 a.m.
10TH ANNUAL APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
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.