24-Hour Child Abuse and Neglect
(330) 434-KIDS (5437)

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, September 2016

Spotlight on Children & Families   

Thank You Kinship Caregivers


Achieving permanency for the children in our custody continues to be one of Summit County Children Services' most important goals - especially with the recent increase in our agency's custody numbers due to the growing Opiate epidemic. The willingness of 'kin' to step forward and welcome these vulnerable children into their homes is more important today than ever - so during September's Kinship Appreciation Month, please join me in sincerely thanking those individuals who have taken that important step to provide a child with a stable and secure future.


- Julie Barnes, Executive Director



Thank You Donors

For Your Generosity


Summit County Children Services once again would like to thank the community for the very generous support once again given this year to our School Supplies program, enabling SCCS to help some 1,500 children with a good start to the new school year.


This year's donors spanned all ages . . . including little Maya Burke - not yet one year old - who was recently adopted by Amanda and Vanessa Burke of Kent. To celebrate their recent adoption of Maya through Summit County Children Services, her parents decided to have a party for family and friends to meet and celebrate Maya. They called it Maya's 'Gotcha Day.'  And instead of toys for Maya, they asked their guests to bring school supplies - which would be donated to Children Services' annual School Supplies Program which helps hundreds of children in agency care get a solid start to the new school year.


Maya Burke




Former SCCS Foster Youth Wins Full College Scholarship


Congratulations to Buchtel H.S. grad Channel Brazile of Akron who was one of only eight emancipated foster youth from Northern Ohio who received a full-ride, four-year scholarship to Cleveland State University, thanks to the university's Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program.


According to one of her former SCCS caseworkers, Jeannie Cargill, "Channel continued to maintain a positive attitude and excel in high school, even though she had to start a new school her senior year. She was involved in school activities and also maintained a job. Channel has the ability and determination to succeed and has proven that she is resilient. She is goal-driven and has goals that I believe she can achieve."



SCCS Volunteer Wins

Russ Pry Youth Award


From left: SCCS Executive Director Julie Barnes; Maria Paparella; Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro; and Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio

Eighteen-year-old Maria Paparella of Akron, founder of the nonprofit organization known as Chair-ity, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Russ Pry Youth Award, which was presented to her at this year's Summit for Kids Breakfast at the John S. Knight Center. (Formerly known simply as the Summit for Kids Youth Award, it was renamed this year in honor of the late Summit County Executive Russ Pry who helped create the popular Summit for Kids event).


Chair-ity is a 501(c) 3 that receives furniture and household goods from donors. These items are in turn given to teenagers who have emancipated through Summit County Children Services (SCCS) from the foster care system. Paparella has worked closely with SCCS in order to connect these young adults and help support them as they move into adulthood.



Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled


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

  • Tuesday, October 4 at 6 p.m. at the Tallmadge Branch Library, 90 Community Rd., Tallmadge; and
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. at the Highland Square Branch Library, 807 W. Market St., Akron.

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.



Child Abuse and Neglect Trainings Offered To Child Care Professionals


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 (SCCS) is 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 Tuesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 13 from 5:30-8:30 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, October 4 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Summit County Children Services' main building, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron.

More information and online registration is available by visiting the agency's website at summitkids.org and clicking on the links located in the story entitled "Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Child Care Professionals." Those interested can also contact Lisa Hamilton-Green directly by phone at (330) 379-2090 or by email at lgreen@summitkids.org.



'Do You Believe in Magic?'

Levy Committee Auction Fundraiser October 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.


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September 2016


In This Issue

Thank You Kinship Caregivers

Thank You for Your Generosity

Former SCCS Foster Youth Wins Full College Scholarship

SCCS Volunteer Wins Russ Pry Youth Award

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled

Child Abuse and Neglect Trainings Offered To Child Care Professionals

'Do You Believe in Magic?' Auction Levy Committee Fundraiser Oct. 27



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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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