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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 & Families, June 2015

Summer Event Season

Heating Up


Each summer, Summit County Children Services reaches out to the community by taking part in a variety of special summer events. Mark your calendar and stop by the SCCS Booth at the following events:

* WKDD Kidz Day - Saturday, July 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Boettler Park, Green

African-American Cultural Festival - Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Lock 3, Downtown Akron.

Ward 5 Fest - Friday August 7, noon-8 p.m., Saturday, August 8, noon-8, Sunday, August 9, noon-7, Mason CLC, Akron.

Summit for Kids - Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., John S. Knight Center, Downtown Akron

Look for more information in upcoming issues of Spotlight.


SCCS Foster Parents Recognized


As part of May's National Foster Care Month, Summit County Children Services held its 65th Annual Celebration to recognize and thank nearly 90 agency foster parents for reaching milestones of 1,5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years of service. Among those recognized were the following 15 retiring foster parents who provided a combined 163 years of foster care to area children: Bennie & Katie Hamilton; Crystol Sullivan, Evelyn Perry, Maureen Sanford, Ernestine Parnell, Harry & Willie Belle Hamilton; Gerald & Catherine McCausland; Linda Williams; John & Deborah Messenger; and Jeffrey & Stacy Perolis.


Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled


Summit County Children Services' next Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting will be held Monday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tallmadge Branch Library, 90 Community Road, Tallmadge. At the end of May, 53 children in agency custody were waiting to be adopted. Area residents who attend 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 (NOTE: SCCS charges no fees for adoption 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, log onto summitkids.org or call (330) 379-2055.


Women's Auxiliary Board Supports SCCS Clothing Center


Congratulations to the agency's Women's Auxiliary Board which was recently awarded grant funding in the amount of $4,000 from the Corbin Foundation. These funds will be given to the Clothing Center to purchase socks, underwear and warm clothing for children in agency custody.


Volunteer Family Honored

by United Way


Volunteering is truly a family affair for Kela Hubbard and her six children. Ms. Hubbard and Ryan (18), Ashley (16), Aryn (14), Andrew (11), Kamryn (10) and Jayden (3) have been volunteering with Summit County Children Services on many different projects, including the Holiday Toy Room - and they were recognized for their service during the United Way of Summit County's recent 14th Volunteer Celebration. Interested in volunteering with Summit County Children Services? Click here to see available volunteer opportunities.


Director's Letter to the Editor on State Budget Published in  Beacon Journal

A Letter to the Editor by SCCS Executive Director Julie Barnes was recently published in the Akron Beacon Journal, urging additional state support of child welfare during budget discussions now underway in Columbus.


"Children deserve to be safe and to live in permanent, loving homes. A forever family - whether biological, kinship or adoptive - improves a child's chances for success later in life. Please join me in urging our State Senators to add $20 million for Ohio's Children Services agencies to the Budget Bill now being deliberated. This additional state funding would allow county child protection agencies such as Summit County Children Services to improve services to our most precious resource, our children, by enhancing efforts to ensure safety and permanency.


Throughout the State of Ohio, Public Children Services Agencies (PCSAs) respond to approximately 100,000 reports of abuse and neglect every year and serve nearly 13,000 children in out-of-home care.  However, Ohio provides the lowest amount of funding to PCSAs in the nation . . . and, since 2009, Ohio's child protection system has seen a 49 percent reduction in state funding.  This loss of nearly $54 million in state funding often needs to be offset by local levy dollars."


5th Annual Andrea Rose

Teodosio 5K - Saturday, July 11


The 5th Annual Andrea Rose Teodosio 5K will be held in downtown  Akron on Saturday, July 11.  The race winds through downtown Akron in a flat, fast certified 5K course and proceeds support the work of the Andrea Rose Teodosio Memorial Foundation, dedicated to making the world a better place.  In addition to the 5K, there's a One-Mile walk - and a FREE kids fun run (no registration required.)  For more information and to sign up, click here.


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June 2015


In This Issue

Summer Event Season Heating Up

SCCS Foster Parents Recognized

Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

Women's Auxiliary Board Supports SCCS Clothing Center

Volunteer Family Honored by United Way

Director's Letter to the Editor on State Budget Published in Beacon Journal

5th Annual Andrea Rose Teodosio 5K - Saturday, July 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

Brittany G. Zaehringer, Esq.


Julie Barnes, Executive Director


Citizen's Advisory Committee


Beth Kuckuck, Chair

Crystal Dunivant, Vice-Chair

Mary Bishop, Secretary

Dr. Margaret Baughman

Beth Cardina

Bruce Cavalieri

Patricia Divoky

Lt. Rick Edwards

Beverly Foss

Dr. Janice Mercier-Wade

Michele Mizda

Gillian Solem, R. N.

Marianne Sweeney

Jerry Foys, Emeritus

Robert Stone, M. D., Emeritus


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