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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
May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge foster parents who help children and youth in foster care by providing them a temporary and sometimes permanent home and family.  We truly appreciate our foster parents who are making a difference in the lives of so many children.     

During this month, we also take the opportunity to educate the community about the growing need for foster parents. The number of children in the custody of Summit County Children Services (SCCS) has increased by more than 30% since 2012. Our philosophy is to place every child with relatives or someone who has a relationship and a bond with the child, whenever possible. However, many of the children in our custody cannot remain with family for a variety of reasons. With over 850 children in custody, we desperately need more foster homes. 


Being a foster parent is a tough, but rewarding job. The children we serve typically have experienced trauma from abuse or neglect. Our foster parents do an outstanding job providing children with love and stability they need to heal and to thrive. 


On behalf of SCCS and the Board of Trustees, thank you for your partnership in providing safety and permanency for the children of Summit County.   

~ Julie Barnes, Executive Director

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 - Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a one hour Lunch break. Registration closes at 50 participants.

3-hour review training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse -  Thursday, July 18, 2019 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. Attendees are allowed to bring food, snacks, and drinks with them.

NEW LOCATION ON THE SUMMIT COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES CAMPUS. 264 South Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio 44306. Please pull through the gate at the Martin Street entrance. Turn to the left. The training will be held at the Education Center up on the hill to the left.

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

Click here to register. Registration will be accepted starting June 17.

SCCS Events
Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Wednesday, May 29, 6-8 p.m. at the Northwest Akron Branch Library, 1720 Shatto Avenue, Akron

Summit County Children Services has more than 800 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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