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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, June 2017

Spotlight on Children & Families   


June Declared Responsible Fatherhood Month

Governor John Kasich has declared June as 'Responsible Fatherhood Month,' a time to pay tribute to fathers and recognize that good fathering contributes to the emotional well-being of children and has overwhelming positive benefits for families and the community.

Summit County Children Services hosted a Father Factor Graduation event on May 17. Fathers who completed the 24/7 Dad curriculum from the National Fatherhood Initiative were celebrated by agency staff, Fame Fathers, friends and family.



May Celebrated as 
National Foster Care Month


May was that special time of year where we paid tribute and celebrated the vital role foster parents play in enhancing the lives of children and youth. During National Foster Care Month, we gave thanks for their care and commitment to children in need. They continue to be everyday heroes who open their hearts and homes to make a difference in the lives of children.

In celebration, Summit County Children Services hosted its annual Foster Parent Recognition Dinner on May 12 where foster parents enjoyed an 'evening out' with dinner and dancing. Additionally, agency staff made phone calls to each foster family expressing their appreciation for all they do for children.



Family Reunification through Recovery Court (FRRC)

The mission of the Family Reunification through Recovery Court (FRRC) is to quickly, creatively and effectively partner with court-involved families to address substance use and other family challenges to create a healthy, stable home environment that allows the family to permanently reunify.

As of September 2016, there have been 46 Family Reunification through Recovery Court clients, of which 56% of those clients, heroin was their drug of choice.  There were 71 total children of parents enrolled in the FRRC.  Engaging families in permanency planning for these children involved the children, parents and other family members.  When families are engaged in this planning, they are more likely to actively participate in services.  Weekly treatment team is an example of this engagement. 

Out of the 71 total children whose parents were enrolled in the FRRC - most children were placed with relatives (75%) and non-relative kin (8%) at or after the Intake process.  That is a total of 83% of these children placed with relative or kinship families.  Although this is a small representation of children in care, it is an overrepresentation of children placed in a least restrictive setting.  Children placed with kin tend to have higher placement stability and this leads to other positive outcomes, including remaining in the same neighborhood, being placed with siblings and having contact with their birth parents.                          



Welcome New Board of Trustees Members

SCCS welcomed Diane Miller-Dawson and Montrella Jackson to its Board of Trustees.  Both were appointed by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro for three-year terms that will expire in 2020.

Diane Miller-Dawson

Ms. Miller Dawson is the Director of Finance for the City of Akron.  A lifelong resident, she is an alumna of Buchtel High School and attended The University of Akron where she earned her Bachelor's degree in management. She later returned to the University to pursue a Master's degree in business administration, which she received in 1994.  During college, Ms. Miller-Dawson began her career with the City, her first job working in the recreation division.  She has held various other positions in the City, including operations research analyst, operations research manager, and deputy finance director.  In January 2004, Ms. Miller-Dawson was named finance director.  The Finance Department includes the divisions of Audit and Budget, Purchasing, Accounting and Payroll, Taxation, Treasury and Management Information Systems (MIS).  Ms. Miller-Dawson is very active in the Akron community.  Some of her volunteer activities include member of Class 16 of Leadership Akron; Trustee of Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health System Board; member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Trustee of Akron Summit Solid Waste Authority - Reworks and Member of the Joint Board of Review. 

Montrella Jackson, Esq.

Ms. Montrella Jackson has been serving as the Chief Administrator for the Akron Municipal Court for over four years.  She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from The University of Michigan in 1994.  With extensive study in international politics and Japanese language and culture, Ms. Jackson worked two years in Japan as an English Instructor/Sister City Ambassador for the Takasaki Board of Education.  She then came to Akron where she attended The University of Akron School of Law and graduated in 1999.  Ms. Jackson was an in-house attorney at Summit County Children Services from 1999 to 2012. 

Ms. Jackson is currently the President of the Good Samaritan Hunger Center Board on which she has served since 2006.  Since 2007, she has served on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of delegates which reviews legislative proposals throughout the State of Ohio.  She also has served on the Women's Network of Northeast Ohio Board since 2012, elected as Secretary and Board Development Committee Chair for the non-profit Board of Directors.  Ms. Jackson is also a candidate for Certified Court Manager designation through the Ohio Supreme Court. 



Upcoming Events & Activities

SCCS is proud to support and participate in these upcoming community events:

June 18

  • Father's Day - SCCS salutes all dads!
  • Father and Family Health 5K & 1K Run/Walk, 7 a.m. @ Lock 3 - Benefits Williams Challenge

June 21

United Way of Summit County Day of Action

July 4
Independence Day - Agency Offices Closed



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June 2017


In This Issue

June Declared Responsible Fatherhood Month

Family Reunification through Recovery Court

Welcome New Board of Trustees Members

Upcoming Events & Activities



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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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It is the policy of Summit County Children Services to provide services to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age.