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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, February 2018



Spotlight on Children & Families   


Two New Department Directors Named


     Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is pleased to announce the appointments of Tracy Mayfield, LISW-S as the Department Director of Social Service Programs and Dawn Boudrie, LSW as the Department Director of Intake Screening and Support.


Ms. Mayfield is a graduate of The University of Akron and has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work.  She began her career with the National Youth Advocate Program.  Ms. Mayfield started at SCCS in 2011 as a caseworker in the STAT (Serious Trauma Assessment Team) unit before being promoted to supervisor in Protective Services in 2014, and most recently, being transferred to Intake Services.  She has a wide breadth of knowledge about the administrative programs offered at the agency.


Ms. Boudrie is also a graduate of The University of Akron and has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work.  She began employment with SCCS in 2002 as an Intake caseworker.  She has also worked in the agency's Hotline Phone Room as both worker and supervisor as well as a placement specialist. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Boudrie was promoted to supervisor in Intake Services in 2008 and to Assistant Intake Director in 2017.  She has worked on many of the Intake Services workgroups and has a great knowledge of the functions of the department.






Succeed Primary Parent Support Group Project


SCCS was selected as the Succeed agency for the Succeed Primary Parent Support Group Project.  The project will establish a new support group for SCCS where primary parents who are working a case plan can receive resources, encouragement and assistance through shared experiences.  Topics discussed include visitation, foster care, working with caseworkers, access to community resources and emotional stability for families and parents.  Funding for the program originates from The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Casey Family Fund to assist agencies in becoming Succeed counties and sustaining the project through the Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA).


Social Service Programs Department Director Tracy Mayfield said she hopes the program will impact the community by increasing the number of successful reunifications.  "We are hopeful that parents will understand that SCCS truly believes that parents want the best for their children," Mayfield said.  "We are also hopeful that participation in the Succeed program will empower our clients and provide them the hope that they need to work through reunification and become successful."


For more information about the Succeed Primary Parent Support Group Project and future meetings, please contact Tracy Mayfield at (330) 996-7255.




30 Days To Family Grant 


30 Days to Family is a grant from the Ohio Attorney General's office, and SCCS has been selected as a subgrantee for this exciting Family Search and Engagement Program.  The 30 Days to Family grant is an intense, short-term intervention developed by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (in St. Louis) that will help to:  (1) increase the number of children placed with relatives/kin at the time they enter the foster care system; and (2) ensure natural and community supports are in place to promote stability for the child.  The program model features two major elements:  family finding and family support interventions.


The grant will fund a staff position for two years whose primary job function is to search for relatives and kin to accept placement of children when they enter agency custody.  SCCS is pleased to announce Beatrice Flett has accepted this grant-funded position.


Ms. Flett has 14 years of experience in child welfare at Tuscarawas County Department of Job & Family Services and SCCS.  She has a great deal of experience working with community providers and with family-centered, neighborhood-based casework practice.  Prior to accepting the position, Ms. Flett was a caseworker in the agency's Protective Services Department.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Caldwell University, Caldwell, New Jersey and a Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security from The University of Phoenix, Arizona and is forensically trained by the Beyond the Silence Program.




SCCS and Summit County Probate Court Launch Video


SCCS and Summit County Probate Court co-produced a video that speaks to the urgent need for foster-to-adopt parents.  Currently, there are more than 180 children in the permanent custody of SCCS and nearly one-third have no identified adoptive placement.  If you are interested in learning more about foster care and adoption, please visit www.summitkids.org or call the 24-Hour Inquiry Line at (330) 379-1990.  Click here to view the video.





Panel of Leaders


Members of SCCS' new Leadership Academy recently had the opportunity to hear a panel presentation on the topic of 'Leaders in Leadership.'  The panelists included:  Julie Barnes, Executive Director, SCCS; Theresa Carter, President, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Norma J. Rist, President, Norma J. Rist Consulting, Inc; and Timothy Schaffner, Executive Director, Trumbull County Children Services.


SCCS' inaugural class for the Leadership Academy began in September 2017 and has already covered various modules, including personality types, levels of leadership and managing self.  The goal of Leadership Academy is to build the leadership skills of staff at all levels of our agency and to anticipate and prepare for the future leadership needs of the agency and community.




Thank You to our Generous Holiday Donors

SCCS 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.  Thank you for this exceptional demonstration of support for the children and families we serve.  Here are just a few examples of the incredible generosity shown this past holiday season:


A new and special holiday party was held for families involved with the Family Reunification through Recovery Court (FRRC), a specialized program through Summit County Juvenile Court for parents who are dealing with substance abuse issues.  Attended by more than 50 parents and children, this first time event was hosted by Arika's Angels and By the Dawn's Early Light and included gifts for all children, activities, food and visit by Santa Claus.


Some 15 dads who've taken part in the SCCS 'Father Factor' Fatherhood Program were given the opportunity to shop for their children in the agency's Holiday Toy Room.  Assisting the dads with their shopping and wrapping of presents were 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.


Through the coordinated effort of the Bike Lady, Inc. and Grafton Correctional Facility, SCCS received 44 bikes, helmets and locks for children.  The agency has received bikes for the holiday from the 'Bike Lady' for the past several years.  Their purpose is to enrich the daily life experience and expand opportunities of Ohio at-risk youth by providing bikes, helmets and locks to children who have a history of abuse, neglect and abandonment.




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February 2018


In This Issue

Two New Department Directors Named

Succeed Primary Parent Support Group Project

30 Days to Family Grant

SCCS and Summit County Probate Court Launch Video

Panel of Leaders

Thank You to our Generous Holiday Donors



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Foster Care & Adoption

Volunteer Opportunities

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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

Nancy L. Holland, Esq.

Montrella Jackson, Esq.

Beth Kuckuck

Keith G. Malick, Esq.

Diane Miller-Dawson

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

Patricia Divoky

Lt. Rick Edwards

Beverly Foss

Inspector William Holland

Michele Mizda



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