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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, March 2016

 

 

Spotlight on Children & Families   

April Child & Family Awareness Month Schedule Announced

 

 

The following public events and activities have been scheduled for this April's 29th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month. PLEASE NOTE: For more information, or to register when required, log onto the SCCS summitkids.org website and click on 'Community Education/Child & Family Awareness Month.'

 

April 4 - 5:30 - 8 p.m.

"Prison Kids" Film Documentary

Akron-Summit County Public Library, Downtown Akron

 

April 5 - 8 a.m.-Noon

Close-Up© on Youth Violence

St. George Family Center, Akron

 

April 7 - 6-9 p.m.

Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Churches

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron

 

April 7 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Early Childhood Professional Development Training

Regional Training Center, Summit County Children Services

Title: Transition Troubles! Tips for Helping Children Transition

 

April 9 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Family Expo

NEW LOCATION: Akron-Summit County Public Library, Downtown Akron

 

April 13- 'Wear Blue' Day

Join this statewide program to help raise awareness of child abuse prevention.

 

April 14 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Early Childhood Professional Development Training

Regional Training Center, Summit County Children Services

Title: Sensory Processing and Your Classroom

 

April 21 - 6-7:30 p.m.

Parent Training Event

Children's Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Downtown Akron

Title: Building Readers: Building a Foundation for Literacy and Learning

 

April 23 - 9 a.m.

3rd Annual Family Fun Walk

Akron Zoo

 

Again, for additional information about any program listed, please call Summit County Children Services, the coordinating agency for Child & Family Awareness Month, at (330) 379-2090 or visit summitkids.org and click on 'Community Education/Child & Family Awareness Month.'

 

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Agency Names Outstanding Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor of the Year

 

Congratulations to two SCCS social workers recently honored during National Social Work Month ceremonies at the agency:  Krista Szalay was named Outstanding Social Work Supervisor of the Year and Dana Klapper was named Outstanding Social Worker of the Year.

 

Ms. Szalay, a supervisor in the Intake Department, has been with SCCS since 2002 and presently supervises the agency's Serious Trauma Assessment Team (STAT Unit) which investigates and assesses some of the agency's most serious cases of child maltreatment.  Ms. Klapper has been with SCCS since 1997 and presently works in the agency's Protective Services Department.

 

Other nominees included: (Supervisors) Darlene Baad, Antuane Hammond and Elizabeth Schmid; (Social Workers) Chanille Boyd, Beatrice Flett, Rob Harpley, Christina Horner, Jackie Jacobs, Mary Lou Jyurovat, Jody McLain, Kristen McCoy, Natasha McLean, Jessica Sponsler and Andrienne Turner.

 

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SCCS Re-launches Traveling 'Heart Gallery' Photo Exhibit

To Promote Foster Care and Adoption

 

Summit County Children Services is once again launching a Heart Gallery with its two inaugural locations at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch and the Ohio Building 4th Floor Atrium.

 

The Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit of photographs of local children who are currently in foster care and awaiting adoption. The children are boys and girls of all ages who are waiting for a permanent family to love, care for, accept and make them feel safe and secure. The children dream of finding a forever family to be their own.

 

The mission of the Heart Gallery is to raise awareness about the importance of foster care and adoption and to find a safe and permanent home for every waiting child. The Heart Gallery functions as an educational/informational display, helping to increase the awareness about the agency's critical need for more foster-to-adopt families. Foster care and adoption literature will be available as well as information on the children featured in the portraits with contact information for the child's adoption worker.

 

The Heart Gallery will be on display throughout the year at various locations in Summit County. Look for more details in future newsletters and online at summitkids.org. For more information on the Heart Gallery, please call (330) 379-2055.

 

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Social Work Career Invitational

at SCCS April 5

 

As part of Summit County Children Services' ongoing efforts to broaden the search for qualified and diverse child protection caseworkers, SCCS is planning a Career Invitational for licensed social workers and social work students on Tuesday, April 5 here at the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron. The event will feature a brief program to highlight the work of child protection and the focus we have as a best practice organization in the field of social work. Two sessions will be available: 12 noon and 6 p.m. Food and giveaways will be available for all attendees. For more information, call (330) 379-2006, email employment@summitkids.org - or click on this link to register: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=nwopl7rab&oeidk=a07ecd89prreb9e4979

 

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SCCS Seeks Deputy Director, Fiscal Services & Facilities Management

 

The Deputy Director, Fiscal Services & Facilities Management, reporting directly to the Executive Director, is responsible for planning and leading the Agency's financial division. This individual will partner with the agency's Executive Team and Board of Trustees to develop and implement sound financial strategies. In addition, they will oversee all compliance with local, state and federal funding, with specific focus on internal and external reporting, and accurate short and long term forecasting of revenue and expenditures. The Deputy Director, Fiscal Services & Facilities Management will also provide administrative oversight to the Agency's Facilities Management, consisting of office and building services. For full details or to apply online, go to https://jobs.summitoh.net/postings/7011

 

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William Holland 

Named to Agency Citizen's Advisory Committee

 

The SCCS Board of Trustees has named Inspector William B. Holland, Jr. of the Summit County Sheriff's Office to the agency's Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC).

 

Holland has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2005. Among his present duties, he supervises the Investigative Bureau Office which includes the Detective Bureau, Summit County Drug Unit, Sex Offender Unit, Crime Scene Unit and Internal Affairs. He also serves as the Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

 

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Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled

  

Summit County Children Services' next Foster Care and Adoption Information Meetings will be held at SCCS, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron on Monday, March 14 and at the Odom Boulevard Branch Library, 600 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron, on Wednesday, April 6. Both meetings are from 6-8 p.m.

 

At the end of February, 44 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 coming into care.  

 

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

 

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In This Issue

April Child & Family Awareness Month Schedule Announced

Agency Names Outstanding Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor of the Year

SCCS Re-launches Traveling 'Heart Gallery' Photo Exhibit To Promote Foster Care and Adoption

Social Work Career Invitational at SCCS April 5

SCCS Seeks Deputy Director, Fiscal Services & Facilities Management

William Holland Named to Agency Citizen's Advisory Committee

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled

 

 

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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

Dr. Janice Mercier-Wade

Michele Mizda

Jerry Foys, Emeritus

Robert Stone, M. D., Emeritus

 

 

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