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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 and Families, October 2016



Spotlight on Children & Families   

Akron Children's Hospital Donates

Luggage for Kids in Agency Care


Thanks to Akron Children's Hospital for recently spearheading a collection of hundreds of new and gently used luggage to be used by children in the care of Summit County Children Services.  Shown during the delivery of the luggage to the agency are (from left): 

Amy Davidson, SCCS Deputy Executive Director, Social Services;

Darlene Baad, SCCS Director of Protective Services; Sharon Geffken, SCCS Retired Deputy Executive Director, Social Services; and Bernett Williams, Vice President of External Affairs at Akron Children's Hospital.

"We presently have approximately 700 children in custody - and many of the children who come into our care unfortunately arrive with just the clothing on their back and their other belongings in a plastic trash bag.  I would like to thank Bernett Williams, Akron Children's Hospital and everyone in the community who donated to this Luggage Drive - their generosity will make such a positive difference in the lives of the children we serve," said Summit County Children Services Executive Director Julie Barnes.



Amy Davidson Named Deputy Executive Director, Social Services


Amy Davidson, LISW-S, has been named Deputy Executive Director of Social Services at Summit County Children Services, replacing Sharon Geffken who retired at the end of September after more than 30 years with the agency.

Ms. Davidson is a lifelong Summit County resident who was born and raised in Barberton and presently resides in Munroe Falls.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron, she began her career at Summit County Children Services in 1997 as a Protective Services Caseworker at the West Akron District Office. In 2000 she returned to the University of Akron, where in 2002 she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work.  Later that same year she was promoted to the position of Protective Services Supervisor at the agency. 

From 2009-2011 Ms. Davidson was the interim Family Team Meeting Supervisor.  In that position she was instrumental in implementing Child Safety Team Decision Making Meetings.  In 2014 she was promoted to Social Services Department Director in Protective Services, where she worked to improve departmental outcomes. Ms. Davidson has been involved a variety of workgroups and initiatives throughout the agency, including Differential Response, Team Decision Making, Human Trafficking, Family Interaction, and Continuous Quality Improvement.  



'Do You Believe in Magic?'

Auction Levy Committee Fundraiser Oct. 27


The Citizen's Committee for Children Services will hold its annual Silent/Live Auction Fundraiser Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Family Center.  This year's event is entitled 'Do You Believe in Magic' and will feature a live performance by prominent area magician Rick Smith, Jr.  For more information on how to donate auction items, purchase tickets or sponsor the event, log onto the Citizen's Committee for Children Services' Facebook page or call (330) 379-1918.



Donations Needed for Holiday Toy Room, Food Gift Card Programs


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The holidays are right around the corner - and Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is once again calling upon the generosity of county residents to make the season come alive for children in agency care.  Since agency funds may not be used for certain expenses, community donations are needed for the following SCCS programs:

  • 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.'



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.



Women's Auxiliary Board Receives Grants Totaling $15,000

  Congratulations to the SCCS Women's Auxiliary Board (WAB) for successfully securing a total of $15,000 in grant funding from two local organizations to support the agency's Beds for Kids Program.

The WAB received $10,000 from the Akron Community Foundation  and received $5,000 from the Welty Foundation. 

When agency social workers visit homes where children are sleeping in unsafe conditions, and the family has limited or no resources, the workers turn to Beds for Kids to help provide agency clients with cribs, beds or bunk beds for children who are at risk.

For more information on Beds for Kids, including how to donate, call (330) 379-1994. 





SCCS Retiree 

Receives Statewide Award

  Betty Driscol-Wilson, who retired from SCCS earlier this year, was named 'Outstanding Child Protection Support Staff of the Year' at the recent statewide conference of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) in Columbus.  Ms. Driscol-Wilson was recognized for her many years of service to the agency and the Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center which is located on the SCCS campus.            


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October 2016


In This Issue

Akron Children's Hospital Luggage Drive

Amy Davidson Named Director of Social Services

Levy Fundraiser October 27

Donations Needed for Holidays

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

Women's Board Receives Grants

Agency Retiree Receives Statewide Award



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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

Bruce Cavalieri

Patricia Divoky

Lt. Rick Edwards

Beverly Foss

Inspector William Holland

Michele Mizda



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