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Phone: 330.379.9094
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Spotlight on Children and Families, April 2016

 

 

Spotlight on Children & Families   

Child & Family Awareness Month 'Family Expo' Set for April 9

 

 

Two performances by nationally known magician, illusionist and entertainer Rick Smith, Jr. will highlight this year's Child & Family Awareness Month 'Family Expo' on Saturday, April 9 from

10 a.m.- 4 p.m., at a brand-new location . . . the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Downtown Akron. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored this year by Summit County Children Services, Summit County Juvenile Court, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, the County of Summit ADM Board, the County of Summit DD Board, and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

  

Smith, from Cleveland, has been amazing audiences for more than 20 years with card throwing, close-up magic, and sleight of hand as well as larger-scale 'grand illusions' like levitations, sawing assistants in half and Harry Houdini's famous 'metamorphosis.' He has appeared on many national television shows, including America's Got Talent, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

  

In addition to Rick Smith's two shows scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:15- 1:15 p.m., the other featured entertainers will be The Rockin' Robots who will perform from 1:45-2:30 p.m.

  

This year's Family Expo will also feature a variety of informational displays, numerous prizes and many children's activities, including the interactive Akron Children's Hospital and Kohl's Fit & Healthy Kids Activity Area, an appearance by the Minions look-alikes, and children's photo IDs provided by GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety & Protection).

 

For more information please call Summit County Children Services, the coordinating agency for Child & Family Awareness Month, at (330) 379-2090, log onto summitkids.org, or check out the special Child & Family Awareness Month Facebook page.

 

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Much More on Tap for Child & Family Awareness Month . . .

 

In addition to Family Expo, the following public events and activities are also scheduled for this April's Child & Family Awareness Month:

 

April 13- 'Wear Blue' Day

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

 

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

Early Childhood Professional Development Training

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

 

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, visit summitkids.org, or log onto the Child & Family Awareness Month Facebook Page.

 

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'Heart Gallery' Photo Exhibit At Green Branch Library

Through May 5

 

The traveling SCCS Heart Gallery is now available for viewing at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Rd., through May 5, in addition to the Ohio Building 4th Floor Atrium in Downtown Akron. The Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit of photographs of local children who are currently in foster care and awaiting adoption and is designed to raise awareness about the importance of foster care and adoption and to find a safe and permanent home for every waiting child. For more information on the Heart Gallery, please call (330) 379-2055.

 

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Agency Social Worker Profiled in Youngstown State University Magazine

 

Congratulations to SCCS Intake Department Social Worker Kim Anderson, whose inspiring career journey was recently profiled in the Spring Issue of Youngstown State University's magazine.

 

The story, entitled 'Foster Parenting Inspires a New Career Path' describes how her many rewarding years as a Trumbull County foster parent moved her to go back to school to pursue a career in social work after a 37-year career in retail management.

 

Click here to read the full article.

 

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Thank You Easter Basket Donors

 

Summit County Children Services once again asked for community donations to help brighten up the season for children in agency custody by providing them with festive Easter baskets - and the community responded with hundreds of donated baskets. As a public, levy-funded agency, Summit County Children Services is limited in its ability to use levy dollars for certain expenses, so the agency relies on the generosity of the community to provide children in custody with 'extras' such as Easter baskets, school supplies and holiday gifts. For more information on making a donation, please call Summit County Children Services' Community Relations Department at (330) 379-1994 or log onto summitkids.org.

 

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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:

 

Wednesday, April 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Twinsburg Public Library, 10050 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg


Wednesday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Rd., Green
 

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.   

  

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

 

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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 Thursday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 17 from 6-9 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 Wednesday, May 4 from 6-9 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.

 

 

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     April 2016   

 

In This Issue

Child & Family Awareness Month 'Family Expo' Set for April 9

Much More on Tap for Child & Family Awareness Month . . .

'Heart Gallery' Photo Exhibit At Green Branch Library Through May 5

Agency Social Worker Profiled in Youngstown State University Magazine

Thank You Easter Basket Donors

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled

Child Abuse and Neglect Trainings Offered To Child Care Professionals

 

 

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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

Jerry Foys, Emeritus

Robert Stone, M. D., Emeritus

 

 

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