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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, December, 2015



Spotlight on Children & Families   

Donations Still Needed for SCCS Holiday Programs


The holidays have arrived - and Summit County Children Services is once again calling upon the generosity of county residents to make the season come alive for the children in our care. Community donations are still needed for the agency's Holiday Toy Room program, especially toys for infants and toddlers. Click here to view a flyer with suggested gift ideas. 



Former Foster Parent 'Gives Back' For the Holidays




Retired Summit County Children Services foster parent Karen Bryant (2nd from left) who fostered 97 children over 25 years (and adopted one child) wanted to give back to the agency this holiday season, so she organized a 'Tacos for Toddlers and Teens' drive through her masonic organization, Al Kaf Court #144 of Akron, and generously donated 25 $5 Taco Bell gift cards to be given to children in agency care.  "In all the years I fostered, I found that tacos were something that all the kids liked to eat," said Mrs. Bryant, Illustrious Commandress of Al Kaf Court #144. Pictured, from left, are Chris Vasco, SCCS Deputy Director, PR/Community Relations; Mrs. Bryant; Joanne Ray, also of Al Kaf Court #144, and Sandy DeLuca, SCCS Community Relations Manager. 


SCCS Participates in Fox 8's 'Operation Giving Tree' Program


On Wednesday, November 25, Fox 8 invited Summit County Children Services to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Operation Giving Tree. Operation Giving Tree helps children in county care from five different counties; Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Medina and Summit. This wonderful program collects "new" unwrapped toys for children and teens from 1 to 18 years old. The toys we received from Operation Giving Tree will be available through the agency's Holiday Toy Room for children in our care. Thank you to the many generous donors for dropping off toys to brighten a child's Christmas. We are very thankful to Fox 8 for including children in Summit County!


Next Foster Care & Adoption

Info Meetings Scheduled


Summit County Children Services' next two Foster Care and Adoption Information Meetings will be held

  • Tuesday, December 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Maple Valley Branch Library, 1187 Copley Rd., Akron
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron

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 who need foster or adoptive homes.  


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




Maddox and Cooper Reappointed to SCCS Board of Trustees;

Board Reelects Officers


SCCS has announced the reappointment of two members of its Board of Trustees, and the reelection of board officers for the years 2016-17. Reappointed were GinaKaye Maddox and Rev. Dr. Luther C. Cooper to new four-year terms ending 12/31/19. Ms. Maddox has served on the agency board since 2004 and recently retired from FirstMerit Bank where she served as Sr. Learning Consultant. Rev. Cooper, a member of the agency board since 2009 has been pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church since 1975.


The SCCS Board of Trustees also reelected Anna Arvay as its Chair, Anne Connell-Freund as its Vice Chair and Ms. Maddox as Secretary. All three board officers will serve two-year terms.




Five Reappointed to SCCS Citizen's Advisory Committee


Five members were recently reappointed to the agency's Citizen's Advisory Committee for new three-year terms ending 12/31/18. Reappointed were:

  • Beth Kuckuck Children's Program Coordinator of the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board
  • Crystal Dunivant Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) Trainer, Community Support Services, Inc.
  •  Patricia Divoky Director, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services
  •  Beth Cardina Program Coordinator, Summit County Juvenile Court's CASA/GAL Program
  •  Beverly Foss Summit County Children Services Women's Auxiliary Board



Winter Donations Needed for Clothing Center


The SCCS 'Clothing Center' - which provides new and gently worn clothing of all types throughout the year for needy client families served by the agency - is asking area residents for donations of mittens as well as new and gently used winter coats from size 2T (youth) to XL (adult) for both school-age boys and girls. For more information call (330) 379-1822.



In Memory of Crystal King


Summit County Children Services offers its deepest condolences to the family of Crystal King, who passed away on November 21. She began fostering in 2008, and she impacted the lives of 43 children, including her two adopted children. The moving story of Ms. King and her children was featured in our agency's recently published 2016 Adoption Calendar - and hopefully her strong desire to openly share her story with others will provide an inspiration to those in the community who are themselves considering 'making a difference' in the lives of children through Foster Care and Adoption.


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 December 2015 


In This Issue

Donations Still Needed for SCCS Holiday Programs

Former Foster Parent 'Gives Back' For the Holidays

SCCS Participates in Fox 8's 'Operation Giving Tree' Program

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled

Maddox and Cooper Reappointed to SCCS Board of Trustees; Board Reelects Officers

Five Reappointed to SCCS Citizen's Advisory Committee

Winter Donations Needed for Clothing Center

In Memory of Crystal King



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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

Tonya Block

Beth Cardina

Bruce Cavalieri

Patricia Divoky

Lt. Rick Edwards

Beverly Foss

Dr. Janice Mercier-Wade

Michele Mizda

Marianne Sweeney

Jerry Foys, Emeritus

Robert Stone, M. D., Emeritus



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