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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, May 2016



Spotlight on Children & Families   

May is National Foster Care Month



I would like to use the occasion of May's observance of National Foster Care Month to once again sincerely thank our agency's foster parents for all they do for the children in their care.  The positive and long-lasting effect they have on the lives of these children is very much appreciated - as is the ongoing help they give our agency's staff in 'spreading the word' throughout the community about the vital importance of foster care and adoption. Thanks again for all their tireless efforts on behalf of the agency . . . and the children.

               - Julie Barnes, Executive Director



Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled


Summit County Children Services' next Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 60 Goodyear Blvd., 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) 379-2055.


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




Thanks to our Community for Another Successful Child & Family Awareness Month


April's 29th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month is now history. In addition to thanking everyone from the community who took part in planning or attending our events, a variety of local individuals were honored during the month for their support of Summit County Children Services' work with families and children.


Creative Awards


Twenty-two children from eight local schools were recognized in April at the annual Child & Family Awareness Month Creative Contests Awards Ceremony at the Akron Art Museum.


Grand prize winner, and the creator of the slogan and design which will be used for the 30th Child & Family Awareness Month celebration in April, 2017 was Katelyn Chmura, a 4th Grader from Seton Catholic School in Hudson. Her winning slogan was: "A Family is the Sunshine in my Day."


Community Appreciation Breakfast


This year's Child & Family Awareness Month concluded with the 7th Annual Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) Community Appreciation Breakfast. In addition to presenting 'Family Achievement Awards' to six local families, several individuals were named 'Champions for Children.'


* Community Leadership - Bernett Williams, Vice President of External Affairs, Akron Children's Hospital

* Community Partner - Akron Public Schools

* Community Volunteer - Jackie Summers, Akron Sail & Power Squadron; Chris Wasson

* Corporate Support - KC's Third Base Sports Bar; Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores; Goldman & Rosen, Ltd.

* Community Support- Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron; ABT (Akron Baptist Temple); Stow Blanketeers; Gleaner Summit Arbor #765


In addition, the Lt. John 'Ed' Duvall 'Detective of the Year' and 'Outstanding Service' Awards were presented as a part of the CAC Community Appreciation Breakfast.

* Detective of the Year - Detective Dalvin Horton, Akron Police Department

* Outstanding Service - Donna Abbott, Akron Children's Hospital CARE Center

First presented in 2008, the Duvall Awards honor the extraordinary dedication and commitment to investigating child abuse that was demonstrated by the late Lt. John "Ed" Duvall, Jr. during his service with the Akron Police Department. 



Foodbank Partners with SCCS


Thanks to a brand new partnership with our agency, the Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank is now assisting with providing food for making food boxes for our client families - plus providing snacks for children at our Blazey Family Interaction Center (formerly known as the Visitation Center).


Even though this year's 25th Annual 'Harvest for Hunger' drive is officially over, please continue to show your support for the Foodbank's ongoing efforts to assist those in need. In addition to food donations, monetary donations are also requested and go the furthest; being that $1.00 equals 4 meals. To make a monetary donation online, or to find out how to donate by phone or mail, please go to the Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank website at akroncantonfoodbank.org and click on the 'Donate Now' tab at the top of the home page.



Two Agency Staff Members Receive Honors


Congratulations to two SCCS staff members recently recognized for their accomplishments.


Marion Foster, a caseworker in the agency's Alternative Response unit, was recently selected by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Ohio Chapter, Region 8 to receive the 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year Award, for outstanding contributions to the Region 8 community.


Betty Driscol-Wilson, a clerical specialist in the agency's Professional Development department was recently named the SCCS Support Staff Member of the Year.



SCCS Supporting GASP

'National Missing Children's Day'

Join local agencies such as Summit County Children Services on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4 p.m. at Summit Mall in Fairlawn as GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection) conducts its National Missing Children's Day event.  In addition to having an opportunity to have your child receive IDs and fingerprints, numerous prevention tips and techniques for families and children will be available.

For more information, call (330) 247-1402 or visit the GASP website at gaspohio.org.



Father Friendly Event

Set for June 11


family.jpgAs a way to celebrate and observe June as 'Responsible Fatherhood Month,' several local organizations have formed a community-based collaborative to help foster a father-friendly culture across Summit County - and are planning a new community event to help raise awareness about the importance of father involvement.


Father Friendly Community Event

Saturday, June 11, 1-4 p.m.

Lock 3, Downtown Akron

Free admission, free parking and

free lunch for the first 1,000 attendees!


There will be entertainment, fun family activities, a photo booth, prizes, as well as resource information from local agencies. Keep an eye on your local media for more details as the event date approaches!


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In This Issue

May is National Foster Care Month

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

Thanks to our Community for Another Successful Child & Family Awareness Month

Foodbank Partners with SCCS

Two Agency Staff Members Receive Honors

SCCS Supporting GASP 'National Missing Children's Day'

Father Friendly Event Set for June 11



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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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