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, May 2015

Spotlight on Children & Families 

Thank You Foster Parents

With May being celebrated as National Foster Care Month, I would like to sincerely thank the many devoted foster parents locally who are making such an incredible difference in our community. The positive and lasting impression you have on the children in your care is very much appreciated. Thank you for your tireless efforts each and every day in helping the children in your care become stronger, healthier and more successful. - Julie Barnes, Executive Director


   SCCS Foster Family Featured in Local Magazine


Click here to read the May issue of Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine which includes a major story on Foster Care Month featuring an SCCS foster family - the Jenkins Family from Barberton. (Story on page 26)


Community Appreciation Breakfast Honorees Announced

This year's Child & Family Awareness Month concluded with the 6th Annual Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) Community Appreciation Breakfast. In addition to presenting 'Family Achievement Awards' to six local families, several individuals received recognition in various categories as 'Champions for Children.'


Public Service Award - Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer

Community Leadership Award - Lee Gill, Associate V.P. for Inclusion and Equity/Chief Diversity Officer, University of Akron

Community Partner Award - Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Wendy's Wonderful Kids and Caring for Kids, Inc.

Community Volunteer Award - Gillian Solem, R.N., Summit County Public Health

Community Volunteer Award - Fab Five Make a Difference

Corporate Support Award - Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems

Community Support Award - Holy Family School and Holy Family Church

Community Support Award - Living Water Ministries


Lt. John 'Ed' Duvall Awards Announced 


For the first time this year, 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 Jeff Swanson (Right) of the Stow Police Department won the 'Detective of the Year' award while Dr. Daryl Steiner (Left), Medical Director of Akron Children's Hospital CARE Center won the 'Outstanding Service Award'.


First presented in 2008, the Duvall Awards honor the extraordinary dedication and commitment to investigating child abuse that was demonstrated by the Akron Police Department's Lt. John "Ed" Duvall, Jr. during his service in Summit County. He was passionate about investigating cases of child abuse, and equally passionate about protecting children. His passing in 2008 was a great loss to the entire community. These awards honor his legacy and demonstrate that others continue to share his dedication to the safety and welfare of children in our community. The Duvall Awards were conceived by social work staff at Summit County Children Services and is presented in partnership with Akron Children's Hospital and the Akron Police Department.


Beth Kuckuck Named to SCCS Board of Trustees


As the newly elected chair of the SCCS Citizen's Advisory Committee, Beth Kuckuck of Akron, Children's Program Coordinator for the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM Board), has also been named to the SCCS Board of Trustees. Ms. Kuckuck has more than 20 years of post-Masters experience in social work in Northeast Ohio and has worked for both public and private organizations in the areas of mental health, addictions and child welfare, investigating child abuse and neglect, working in foster care and adoption and providing social work supervision. Most recently she was awarded the 2015 "Social Worker of the Year" in Region II by the National Association of Social Workers.


Prosecutor's Office Launches Child Abuse Awareness Billboard Campaign


Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh demonstrated her office's strong support of the work being done at SCCS through a month-long billboard campaign launched in mid-April. The billboards - located at N. Main St. and Tallmadge Ave., E. Market St. and N. Arlington St., Copley Rd. and White Pond Dr. and Rt. 224 and Hilbish Ave. - reminds anyone suspecting child abuse and neglect to call the SCCS hotline number at (330) 434-KIDS.


28th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month a Huge Success


A big 'Thank You' to everyone who helped plan or participated in the many activities held during April's 28th Annual "Child & Family Awareness Month" - a month-long celebration of children and families coordinated by Summit County Children Services, along with more than 150 local agencies, organizations, places of worship, businesses and individuals. The theme for next year's 29th Annual Celebration will be 'A Family is an Apple That's Great to the Core.'

To see photos of some of the many events held this year, log onto the Child & Family Awareness Month Facebook page.


Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled


Summit County Children Services' next Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting will be held Monday, May 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 60 Goodyear Blvd., Akron. At the end of March, 52 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.

2014 Annual Report Available  


Click here to view an electronic copy of the agency's latest Annual Report - entitled 'Finding Forever Families.'   Printed copies are also available upon request . . . just contact Chris Vasco at (330) 379-2070 / cvasco@summitkids.org.


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May 2015


In This Issue

Thank You Foster Parents

SCCS Foster Family Featured in Local Magazine

Community Appreciation Breakfast Honorees Announced

Lt. John 'Ed' Duvall Awards Announced

Beth Kuckuck Named to SCCS Board of Trustees

Prosecutor's Office Launches Child Abuse Awareness Billboard Campaign

28th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month a Huge Success

Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting Scheduled

2014 Annual Report Now Available



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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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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.