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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

January 2016, Spotlight on Children & Families

Spotlight on Children & Families   

Thank You to Our Generous Donors and Volunteers


Summit County Children Services thanks the many donors and volunteers who made the holidays special for hundreds of children and families served by our agency through our holiday programs. We appreciate your kindness and generosity for the children and families we serve. Here are just a few examples from this past holiday season:  

  • The holiday season is not only enjoyed by young children -- volunteers from the Akron Baptist Temple sponsored a Holiday Bowling Party at Bill White's Akron Lanes -- complete with food, games and gifts -- for several youth who emancipated from SCCS custody at age 18 and are now learning how to live as independent adults in Transitional Housing apartments funded through a Federal grant.
  • Approximately 25 dads who've taken part in Summit County Children Services' innovative 'Father Factor' Fatherhood Program were given the opportunity to shop for their kids in the agency's Holiday Toy Room. Assisting the dads with their shopping and wrapping of presents were some 15 members of the SCCS Women's Auxiliary Board. The Father Factor Program is designed to enhance the engagement of fathers in the child welfare system.
  • The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway donated to families from the Summit County Children Services 'Alternative Response' program an entire car (48 tickets) for the annual Polar Express Charity Run. Alternative Response is an alternative model of child welfare services that focuses on family engagement and up-front services to strengthen the family and prevent further penetration into the system, as opposed to the traditional investigation model.



Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled


Summit County Children Services' next Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 3 from 6-8 p.m. at North Hill Branch Library 183 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron.


At the end of November, 2015, 51 children in agency custody were waiting to be adopted. Area residents who attend 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 Summit County Children Services (NOTE: SCCS charges no fees for adoption services). Agency staff will be available to share basic information about the children who need foster and adoptive homes.


Click here to view photos and bios of children presently waiting to be adopted.



Local Students Support SCCS 'Beds for Kids' Program




A group of students from the Lisa and Thom Mandel Early Childhood Education Center at the Shaw JCC of Akron recently visited Summit County Children Services and brought a donation of $450 raised from a school-wide bake sale held for the SCCS Beds for Kids Program. According to Shaw JCC Early Childhood Director Kathy Klein (pictured top left), "At the Shaw JCC, we are all part of a diverse community which welcomes families of all faiths, so we thought that possibly helping children who had never owned a bed might be the perfect holiday gift, no matter what religion anyone observes." Also shown in the photo (top right) is Ann Ream, Director of Protective Services at Summit County Children Services and coordinator of the SCCS Beds for Kids program. To learn more about Beds for Kids, log onto summitkids.org/Donor Opportunities/Beds for Kids, or call (330) 996-1096.



Child Abuse and Neglect Trainings for Child Care Professionals


Summit County Children Services is pleased to offer a free 6-hour initial training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, Tuesday & Thursday, February 2 & 4, from 6-9 p.m. and a free 3-hour review training Tuesday, February 9 from 6-9 p.m. These trainings will be held at the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, and 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.


To register, please click here. Please note that classes are limited to the first 50 registrants. Classes are full when the registration link on the Children Services summitkids.org website is removed -- however, these classes will be offered again in May.




January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month


Summit County Children Services is proud to be a member of the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking -- recognized as a leader in the State of Ohio for its outstanding efforts in the fight against human trafficking.


The collaborative has been working diligently to ensure our community is prepared to identify and assist victims of human trafficking and recently published a Human Trafficking Resource Guide (with Appendix) that lists all of the local agencies that are best able to meet the immediate and long-term needs of trafficking victims. Please click on the links below to view the Resource Guide and Appendix.


Resource Guide


Resource Guide Appendix


All agencies listed in these documents have agreed to assist human trafficking victims and have signed a memorandum of understanding acknowledging that their services meet the best practice standards as outlined by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.


We hope you will feel free to share this information with others.  Call the Victim Assistance Program at (330) 376-0040 if you have any further questions.



University of Akron Martin Luther King Jr. Activities Fair Set for January 18



The University of Akron's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Activities Fair is scheduled for Monday, January 18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at The University of Akron Student Union Ballroom.  Parking is available at the meters outside The Student Union and in the Schrank Hall parking decks.


This event enables the community to utilize the Martin Luther King Holiday as a "day on" rather than a "day off" and also serves as an opportunity for community outreach that provides awareness of the University community to children in grades K-12 and their families. The celebration has been very well-received and attended, and the children enjoy the excitement and activities of being on a college campus.


Community and student organizations provide activities and information that encourage non-violence, civic responsibility, respect for differences, and the importance of education. Activities will include the following:

  • Biographical information on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Historical information on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Martin Luther King Jr. gallery and other visual displays
  • Performances
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Information about various organizations


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     January 2016   


In This Issue

Thank You to Our Generous Donors

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

Local Students Support SCCS 'Beds for Kids' Program

Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Child Care Professionals

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

University of Akron Martin Luther King Jr. Activities Fair Set for Jan. 18



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264 S. Arlington Street

Akron, OH 44306

Phone: (330) 379-9094

Hearing Impaired: ORS 7-1-1




Board of Trustees


Anna M. Arvay, CPA, Chair

Anne M. Connell-Freund,

   Vice Chair

GinaKaye Maddox, Secretary

Omar S. Banks

Rev. Dr. Luther C. Cooper

Beth Kuckuck

Keith G. Malick, Esq.

Joseph R. Morris

Nancy L. Holland, Esq.

Katie Stoynoff

Brittany G. Zaehringer, Esq.


Julie Barnes, Executive Director


Citizen's Advisory Committee


Beth Kuckuck, Chair

Crystal Dunivant, Vice-Chair

Mary Bishop, Secretary

Dr. Margaret Baughman

Tonya Block

Beth Cardina

Bruce Cavalieri

Patricia Divoky

Lt. Rick Edwards

Beverly Foss

Dr. Janice Mercier-Wade

Michele Mizda

Marianne Sweeney

Jerry Foys, Emeritus

Robert Stone, M. D., Emeritus



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