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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

Spotlight on Children & Families, December 2016

 

 

 

Spotlight on Children & Families   

It's Almost Christmas Day!

 

Holiday Toy Room Donations Still Needed . . . 

 

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Christmas is almost upon us but there's still time to donate to the Summit County Children Services Holiday Toy Room.

 

Donations of new toys and gifts for all ages of children (especially infants and teens), and/or financial contributions to purchase toys are greatly needed this year. 

The Holiday Toy Room is a place where foster parents, kinship caregivers and client families 'shop' for toys and gifts to give to their children. Last year, more than 1,300 children in agency care received gifts through this program.  No money is exchanged - everything is available at no cost to eligible agency caregivers and client families, thanks to the generosity of the community. 

Donations may be mailed to Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, 44306 or dropped off at the agency from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.  

For general information (including age-appropriate gift ideas), or to make monetary donations online, log onto summitkids.org then click on the 'Donor/Volunteer Opportunities' tab and go to 'Holidays' -- or contact Sandy DeLuca at (330) 379-1994 (sdeluca@summitkids.org). 

The Community Shows its Generosity . . . 

Each year the Summit County community amazes agency staff and clients with wonderful examples of holiday generosity.  Here are just a few:

-- Continuing a heart-warming tradition, the Laurel Lake Retirement Community Knitters and Woodworkers have been hard at work for months creating special gifts for children in need served by Summit County Children Services. Pictured are just some of the bags of handmade caps and 15 sturdy Teddy Bear Rocking Chairs ready for delivery to the SCCS Toy Room. 

-- On November 23, Cleveland TV station Fox 8 invited Summit County Children Services to celebrate the 11th anniversary of Operation Giving Tree. Operation Giving Tree helps children in county care from five different counties; Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Medina and Summit. This wonderful program collects "new" unwrapped toys for children and teens from 1 to 18 years old and at SCCS will be available through the agency's Holiday Toy Room for children in our care. 

 

-- The University of Akron Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is comprised of 2-3 student athletes from almost all the sports teams at the university.  This year, the group decided to participate in the SCCS 'Adopt-a-Family' Holiday Gift Program and were given an agency client family with 10 children - ranging in age from newborn to 16 ½. Each team represented on the committee 'adopted' one child from the family then went out and purchased the gifts from their 'wish list.' The group was able to donate more than 50 gifts and 9 bikes for the family.  SAAC came together on December 1st to wrap all the gifts and then delivered them to Summit County Children Services so social workers could distribute the gifts to the family.

 

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Child Abuse and Neglect Trainings Offered to Child Care Professionals in February 2017

State law requires that preschools and day care centers have a person trained in child abuse recognition and prevention on staff at all times. To help area child care providers fulfill this requirement, Summit County Children Services is once again offering area child care employees free trainings in child abuse and neglect recognition and prevention.  

  • A free six-hour initial training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect will be held at Children Services' main building, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, on Thursday, February 16 and Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. each evening (PLEASE NOTE: you must be on time and attend both evenings to receive credit for this training).
  • A free three-hour review training on the topic of Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. at Summit County Children Services' main building, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron.

More information and online registration is available by visiting the agency's website at summitkids.org and clicking on the links located in the story entitled "Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Child Care Professionals." Those interested can also contact Lisa Hamilton-Green directly by phone at (330) 379-2090 or by email at lgreen@summitkids.org.

 

 

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Next Foster Care & Adoption 

Information Meeting Scheduled

  

Summit County Children Services' final Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting of 2016 will be held: 

  • Wednesday, December 28 at 6 p.m. at the Summit County Public Library, Main Branch -- 60 S. High St., Akron 

There is always a need for foster and adoptive parents in Summit County.  Our agency presently has more than 200 children in foster care - including more than 40 children in permanent custody waiting to be adopted.  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 Summit County Children Services. 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.

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

 

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Reminder:  Agency's Clothing Center Closing in January 

 

Just a reminder that SCCS has announced the closing of the agency's Clothing Center, effective the first of the year.  The agency will partner with various community organizations to support the clothing needs of our clients. 

According to SCCS Executive Director, Julie Barnes, "SCCS has experienced a significant increase in the number of children in custody as a result of the opiate epidemic.  Therefore, it is critical that we focus our resources to our mandated services of responding to allegations of child abuse and neglect, and providing safety and permanency to children.  In addition, we feel it is best to take advantage of various clothing resources in the community, rather than duplicating services that are already available." 

Barnes added that the agency truly appreciates the great support community donors have given the Clothing Center over the years.  She also indicated that the agency will continue to maintain a supply of clothing for emergency needs, so donations of diapers, formula, and new clothing items, such as pajamas, socks, and undergarments, would continue to be greatly appreciated.  For more information, contact Sandy DeLuca at (330) 379-1994.

 

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  Children Playing

  

December 2016

 

In This Issue

It's Almost Christmas Day

Child Abuse and Neglect Trainings

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

Reminder: Clothing Center Closing

 

 

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264 S. Arlington Street

Akron, OH 44306

Phone: (330) 379-9094

Hearing Impaired: ORS 7-1-1

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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

 

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

Inspector William Holland

Michele Mizda

 

 

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