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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 Annual ‘School Supplies Program’

Summit County Children Services is once again asking for the community's assistance to ensure that children receiving agency services will begin the school year prepared with brand new school supplies to help them succeed in the classroom.

 

Each year, Summit County Children Services provides backpacks filled with school supplies – all donated.  However, because of limitations on the agency’s use of funds for this type of purchase, the agency depends on the generosity of the community’s organizations and individual donors in order to provide school supplies to the children we serve.

 

A donation of $30 will purchase a backpack and school supplies for elementary school children.  A $35 donation will provide a backpack and school supplies for middle school students. And, a donation of $40 will provide essentials for a high school student – including a scientific calculator.  Monetary donations can be made online through PayPal at summitkids.org  (click on Donor/Volunteer Opportunities and use the “Donate Now” button).  Individuals can also mail a donation to the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, 44306 -- in care of the Community Relations Department. Checks should be made payable to Summit County Children Services.

 

For those who prefer to shop for school supplies and donate the items, CLICK HERE for a list of the essential supplies that are needed.  Please note: It is requested that all donations be delivered to the agency between July 24 and August 4 so that volunteers can pack them into backpacks on Saturday, August 5.

 

For more information please contact Summit County Children Services Community Relations Supervisor Sandy DeLuca at (330) 379-1994 or at sdeluca@summitkids.org.

 

SCCS Presents Its 2016 Annual Report

Summit County Children Services' 2016 Annual Report - entitled "The Challenge of Protecting Children During the Opioid Epidemic" -  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.

 

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.”

 

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: Tuesday, July 11 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Part 2: Tuesday, July 18, from 6 - 9 p.m. Must attend both classes for credit. Registration closes on 7/7/2017.

3-hour review training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse -  Thursday, July 27 from 6 - 9 p.m. Registration closes on 7/21/2017.

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, community supports, prevention of child abuse, and supporting families.
 

Please note that all classes are limited to the first 50 people and are located at our main administration building at 264 South Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio 44306.

Future classes will be scheduled in Fall 2017.

Click here to register.

Atije and Brian Booth love children and were interested in growing their family through adoption. As foster-to-adopt parents, they were able to provide love, support, and hope for children in need. Now those children are part of their forever family.

 

Visit the Heart Gallery at the Weathervane Playhouse



The Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit of photographs of local children who are currently in foster care and awaiting adoption. The children are boys and girls of all ages who are waiting for a permanent family to love, care for, accept and make them feel safe and secure. The children dream of finding a forever family to be their own. The Heart Gallery will be on display throughout the year at various locations in Summit County. For more information on the Heart Gallery, please call (330) 379-2055.

SCCS Events
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Monday, July 24, 6 p.m. at Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library, 3101 Smith Road, Akron

 

Summit County Children Services presently has more than 650 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 170 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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