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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
Donations Needed for the Agency's Holiday Programs

The holidays are fast approaching!  Summit County Children Services is once again seeking community support for its various holiday programs.  Below is more information and ways you can get involved.  


The Holiday Toy Room is a place where foster parents, kinship caregivers and client families 'shop' for donated toys and gifts to give to their children. Everything is available at no cost thanks to the generosity of the community. Donations of new toys or gifts for children of all ages are needed (especially gifts for infants and toddlers).  Click here for a Holiday Toy Room flyer.


The Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with children and families who are in need.  Each child provides a 'wish list' of items they would to receive.  Donors purchase, wrap and deliver the items to the agency in time for the holidays.  Click here for an Adopt-A-Family Program flyer.  


Teen Gift Card Program - donations of department store gift cards are needed for teens age 13+; preferably in denominations of $25 and $50.


Grocery Gift Card Program - donations of grocery gift cards are always needed; preferably in denominations of $20 and $25. 


Click here for more detailed information about these programs.  

SCCS Presents Its 2017 Annual Report

Summit County Children Services' 2017 Annual Report - entitled "Safety, Permanency, Well-Being" -  is now available.  Please CLICK HERE (or click on the graphic) to view it online.  If you would like to request a printed copy, please contact Ann Ream, Department Director of Community Relations, at (330 379-2070 or at aream@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, January 17 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Part 2: Thursday, January 24, from 6 - 9 p.m. Must attend both classes for credit and registration closes at 50 participants.

3-hour review training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse -  Tuesday, January 15 from 6 - 9 p.m. Registration closes at 50 participants.

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 tips, current issues such as the opioid epidemic as well as community and family supports.

Please note that all classes are limited to the first 50 people to register and are located at our main building at 264 South Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio 44306. Please pull through the gate and park/ come in through the white pillars to the front desk to be shown to the training room.

Classes are held once a quarter in January, April, July and October.

Registration will open on 10/17/2018.

Annual Caregivers Holiday Party Scheduled for December 1

On Saturday, December 1, Summit County Children Services will host our Annual Caregivers' Holiday Party.

The 2018 Annual Caregiver's Holiday Party
· Saturday, December 1, 2018
· Please RSVP no later than Friday, November 9, 2018
· Party time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
· New Location: St. George Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333
NOTE: The Annual Caregivers’ Holiday Party is for your IMMEDIATE HOUSEHOLD FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY!!
Please click here to register. For more information, please call the Holiday Party Line at (330) 996-1080.
SCCS Celebrates 'National Adoption Awareness Month' in November

Nearly 50 children in the permanent custody of Summit County Children Services are presently waiting to be adopted – and 85 percent of those children are aged 12 and older. With November designated as “National Adoption Awareness Month,” the Summit County Children Services’ Placement Services & Permanency Planning Department has scheduled a month-long series of events designed to raise community awareness of the importance of adoption – especially the adoption of teens.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

Tshana Jefferson always loved children and knew one day she would become a parent. “Growing up I couldn't wait to become a mom. Even though I am single, I was ready to start my family, so I decided to go the foster-to-adopt route.”


SCCS Events
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Wednesday, November 28, 6 p.m. at Norton Branch Library, 3930 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton

Summit County Children Services has omore than 750 children in custody.  It is critical that there are enough foster and foster to adopt families to temporarily and permanently care for these children.  Those attending the information meeting will learn a variety of details about foster care and adoption including what and how long the process is, what kind of support is provided by the agency, and the minimal costs involved with adopting a child through a public agency such as SCCS. Agency staff will be available to share basic information about the children coming into care.  This event is free and open to the entire community and reservations are not needed.  For information, call (330) 379-1990.

Featured Waiting Child
There are more than 180 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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