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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, November 2016
 

Spotlight on Children & Families   

November is National Adoption Awareness Month 

A Message from the Executive Director . . . 

 

Today, the average number of children in the custody of Summit County Children Services is skyrocketing, largely due to the horrible impact of the opiate epidemic on our region, and creating a greater need than ever before for caring foster and foster-to-adopt parents for these children. So to those of you who have already generously chosen to foster and adopt through SCCS, please allow me to sincerely thank you for all you've done to better the lives of the young people in our community.

Julie Barnes, Executive Director


Family Movie Night Featuring 'Annie' 

Set for Nov. 17 at Downtown Library . . . 

As part of its month-long celebration of November as 'National Adoption Awareness Month,' Summit County Children Services will sponsor a free Family Movie Night on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Library, 60 S. High St., Akron.             

The featured presentation will be the 2014 version of 'Annie' - featuring Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx in the popular musical about a young foster child who dreams of finding a forever family.            

As part of the evening's program, SCCS staff members will also be on hand with the latest information on foster care and adoption.  This event is open to the entire community and reservations are not needed.  For information, call (330) 379-2055.

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SCCS Announces Closing of Clothing Center; Will Continue Providing Emergency Clothing Services to Clients 

Summit County Children Services (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 Community Relations at (330) 379-1994.

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Donations Still Needed for 

Toy Room, Food Gift Card Programs

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Donations are still needed for the following holiday season programs at Summit County Children Services. 

  • The Holiday Toy Room - 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 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 of new toys and gifts for all ages of children (especially infants and teens), and/or financial contributions to purchase toys are greatly needed. Donations may be made directly to Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron. Since the Toy Room opens in early December, it is requested that donations be delivered as soon as possible - however donations will be accepted through Friday, December 16. 
  • Food Gift Card Program - Gift cards in increments of $20 or $25 to local grocery stores are provided to needy families during the holidays. This program helps ensure that children and their families will have food during the holidays. (Please note: Those interested may either donate the gift cards or the money to purchase them).  It is requested that contributions for this program be sent or delivered to Summit County Children Services by Friday, December 9.  Last year, more than 70 needy families received grocery store gift cards for family holiday meals.

Again, any donations may be mailed or dropped off or to Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.  For specific information on these holiday programs, contact Sandy DeLuca at (330) 379-1994 (sdeluca@summitkids.org). For general information about all of these programs (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.'

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Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

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

  • Wednesday, November 30 at 6 p.m. at the Norton Branch Library, 3930 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Norton 

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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County Executive's Office Donates Luggage for Kids in Custody

  

Thanks to Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's office for recently spearheading a collection of luggage to be used by children in the care of Summit County Children Services, who often arrive at the agency with just the clothing on their back and their other belongings in a plastic trash bag.

 

"I would like to thank Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and her staff for this donation - it truly makes a positive difference in the lives of the children we serve," said Summit County Children Services Executive Director Julie Barnes.

 

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November 2016

 

In This Issue

National Adoption Awareness Month

Clothing Center Closing

Donations Needed for Holidays

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

County Executive's Office Luggage Donation

 

 

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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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