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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, November 2017


Spotlight on Children & Families   


November is National Adoption Awareness Month


On behalf of the entire staff of Summit County Children Services, I would like to sincerely thank those of you who have chosen to change  the life of a child through adoption.  There is truly no greater gift to give a child!  And with November being celebrated as National Adoption Awareness Month, I hope all of us will remain aware of the more than 60 children still waiting for an adoptive home through our agency ... and will continue to spread the word about adoption wherever we go.  Again, thank you for your ongoing commitment children and families.


                                                       Julie Barnes

                                                       Executive Director



As part of its month-long celebration, Summit County Children Services will host several events and activities throughout the month of November to help raise awareness about permanency for children through adoption and the need for foster-to-adopt parents. 



Additionally, SCCS has produced its 2018 Adoption Calendar that features 13 terrific young people who are available for adoption.  If you would like to receive a copy, please call (330) 379-2055 or email bhite@summitkids.org.




Foster Care & Adoption Information Meetings

Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. @ Akron Bible Church, Akron

Wednesday, November 29, 6 p.m. @ SCCS, Akron

Area residents 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.  (NOTE:  SCCS charges no fees for adoption services).  Agency staff will be available to share basic information about the children coming into care.


Family Movie Night

Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m. @ Akron-Summit County Public Library, downtown Akron

Featured movie:  "Kung Fu Panda 2"

Families are invited to watch 'Kung Fu Panda 2" in celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month.  Information about foster care and adoption will be available and agency staff can answer questions.


Heart Gallery

SCCS' Heart Gallery, a photographic display of children in the agency's permanent custody who are available to be adopted, is on display through the end of November at the Barberton Public Library.




Donations Needed for SCCS Holiday Programs


wrapped_presents.jpgThe holidays are fast approaching - and Summit County Children Services is once again calling upon the generosity of county residents to make the season come alive for the children served by the agency.  Due to limitations in the budget, community donations are needed for the agency's Holiday Toy Room, Adopt-A-Family and Food Gift Card Programs.  Click herefor more information on how you can support the agency's important Holiday Programs.




Leadership Academy
Inaugural Class Selected 


Summit County Children Services is pleased to announce the members of its inaugural Leadership Academy for 2017-2018.  Fifteen staff members were chosen by a selection committee made up of agency Administrators from all divisions throughout the organization. 


  • Michael Ayayo, Protective Services
  • Megan Bertram - Protective Services
  • Lauren Brown - Intake Services
  • Elizabeth Fowler - Intake Services
  • Jonathon Hart - Administrative & Legal Services
  • Timothy Longworth - Intake Services
  • Janeen Adkins - Protective Services
  • Gina Oriti - Placement & Permanency Planning
  • Kristine Ruiz - Protective Services
  • Adam Schumacher - Protective Services
  • Christine Snyder - Protective Services
  • Jennifer Snyder - Fiscal Services
  • Andrea Stephens - Intake Services
  • Krista Szalay - Intake Services
  • Joselyn Vasquez-Molina - Protective Services


SCCS' Leadership Academy was recently designed to provide staff with a formalized program to obtain and practice valuable leadership skills.  The program was modeled after several programs including the Signature Leadership programs offered by local Chambers of Commerce (i.e. Leadership Akron), Corporate Leadership programs and other county Public Children Services Agencies who offer similar programs.


"This twelve month program began in September and will conclude in 2018 with a capstone project designed to benefit the agency and the children and families we serve," stated Julie Barnes, Executive Director.  "Our goal is to build 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."





Out & About in the Community


SCCS sponsored and participated in a wide variety of local events and activities this past summer as a way to educate and engage the community with the important work the agency does in keeping children safe.



2nd Annual Father Friendly Community Event

SCCS was a proud sponsor of this one-of-a-kind event that celebrated responsible fatherhood across Summit County.

United Way of Summit County 'Day of Action'

SCCS participated in this county-wide day of action and service.  Staff members spent the day at the Edgerton House, a facility that provides support and counseling services to individuals with mental health conditions.



Elevate Akron

SCCS was thrilled to partner with promoters of Elevate Akron, the area's largest yoga event, to promote the vital work the agency does in keeping children safe.  The event was also a fundraiser that collected more than $3,000 to help children in foster care.



Mascot Birthday Bash at the Akron RubberDucks

SCCS sponsored the Mascot Birthday Bash at the Akron RubberDucks where the agency's Minion look-alikes, along with many other area mascots greeted children and families.  This was another opportunity to educate the public about what the agency does.

8th Annual Summit for Kids

Since it began, SCCS has been a proud sponsor of this event, deemed one of the largest indoor events for children and families in Summit County.

Akron PRIDE Parade & Festival

SCCS took part in this inaugural event to lend support to the LGBTQ community.



Akron Recovery Walk

SCCS again was a supporter of this important event that helped to raise awareness about addiction and celebrated those who are in recovery.

Kids Fun Run

SCCS participated in this annual family fun event to promote the important services the agency provides to children.






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November 2017


In This Issue

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Donations Needed for SCCS Holiday Programs

Leadership Academy Inaugural Class Selected

Out & About in the Community



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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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