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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 Chldren & Famillies, January 2017




Spotlight on Children & Families   

"Thank You!" Holiday 

Donors and Volunteers


Summit County Children Services thanks the many donors and volunteers who made the holidays special for thousands 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.



Next Foster Care & Adoption 

Information Meeting Scheduled


Summit County Children Services' next Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting will be held:

  • Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at the North Hill Branch Library, 183 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron 

There is always a need for foster and adoptive parents in Summit County.  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.




Effect of Opiate Crisis on SCCS

Described in cleveland.com Story

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's website -- cleveland.com -- published a major story this month on the multiple effects the area's Opiate crisis is having on the operations at Summit County Children Services. 


Among the many effects are the number of new custody cases (in which children are removed from their homes) which increased from an average of 78 per month in 2015 to 113 per month in 2016 raising the monthly average number of children in custody from 601 to 687.  

Please click here 

to read the entire cleveland.com story.



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

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 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 from 6-9 p.m. at Summit County Children Services' main building, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron.

Pre-registration is required for all trainings.  To register online, 

click here.

For more information, contact SCCS Community Educator Lisa Hamilton-Green by phone at (330) 379-2090 or by email at lgreen@summitkids.org.



ADM Addiction Help Line

Opens January 17

The ADM Addiction Help Line launches on January 17 as a new service to assist individuals who are looking to recover from an addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling.  Callers will be asked a few questions to assist the Help Line staff in determining which local treatment providers could meet their needs. They will be provided with information about treatment options available to them based on their individual circumstances. Once the caller knows their options, they can choose the local agency where they would like to begin treatment. The Addiction Help Line staff will then connect the caller to the selected treatment agency to make a warm hand-off and to schedule the initial appointment.  The ADM Board is contracting with the Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. for this new service.


The Help Line number is (330) 940-1133 and the hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The ADM Crisis Center will continue to be available on a 24 /7 basis to provide detoxification and drop-in services and treatment readiness groups.


"We recognize the importance of getting people the help they need in a timely manner when they are ready to start their recovery.  The ADM Addiction Help Line will fast track making the connection between those seeking addiction services and local treatment providers.  By calling the Help Line, those seeking addiction services will choose from the most available agencies and have the convenience of being connected to their selected provider to get the process started", adds Jerry Craig, ADM Board Executive Director.







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January 2017


In This Issue

Thank You Holiday Donors and Volunteers

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

Effect of Opiate Crisis on SCCS

Child Abuse and Neglect Trainings Offered

ADM Launches Addiction Help Line



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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


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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