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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, October 2015

Spotlight on Children & Families  

Donations Needed for SCCS Holiday Programs


christmas-present-boy.jpgThe holidays are fast approaching - 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. Since tax dollars may not be used for certain expenses, community donations are needed for the agency's Holiday Toy Room, Adopt-a-Family and Food Gift Card programs. Click here for more information and to view a flyer with more information.


Creative Workshops Scheduled for K-8th Grade Students




All kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to attend one of a series of special Creative Workshops being hosted by Summit County Children Services, the Akron Public Schools and the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com 'Newspapers in Education' Program. These sessions are to help students with their entries in the Creative Contests held in conjunction with the 29th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month scheduled for April, 2016.


Creative Workshops set for October will be held:

  • Wednesday, October 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at East CLC, 80 Brittain Road, Akron
  • Thursday, October 15, 5-7 p.m., 'An Evening with Books,' REACH Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, 390 W. Crosier St., Akron
  • Tuesday, October 20, 4-6 p.m., Acme Fresh Market (Montrose), 3979 Medina Road, Akron
  • Monday, October 26, 4-6 p.m., Harris & Case Elementary Schools, 400 W. Market St., Akron


For a complete list of Poster/Slogan and Storybook Contest Rules, please visit summitkids.org. For more information, call (330) 379-2090.


'Jump Into Light Speed' Levy Auction Thursday, October 29


The Citizen's Committee for Children Services is sponsoring its annual Levy Fundraiser Auction Thursday, October 29 at St. George Family Center. For more information, log onto the Support Summit Kids Facebook page or call (330) 379-1918.


Next Foster Care & Adoption

Info Meetings Scheduled


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

  • Wednesday, October 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron.
  • Monday, November 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Highland Square Branch Library, 807 W. Market St., Akron.

At the end of September, 41 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.

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



Japanese Researcher Visits Agency To Learn about Alternative Response (AR)


At the recommendation of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), SCCS last month hosted a Japanese research Professor, Yukako Hatakeyama, who was visiting the United States to learn about an emerging practice in child welfare called Alternative Response (AR).


Alternative Response provides families brought to the agency's attention for alleged abuse and neglect an 'alternative' service track which eliminates the traditional labels of 'victim,' and 'perpetrator,' and in which there is no disposition requirement.  Through AR, the focus is on the needs of the family and rapid implementation of tangible and intangible services and supports to keep children safe and in their own homes.


This innovation in service delivery for families and children enables agency caseworkers to engage with the families they serve in even more supportive ways than ever before and has been a huge success - so much so that a third dedicated AR unit was started at SCCS in 2013.


Clothing Center Hours Changing


Effective immediately, the hours of the SCCS Clothing Center have been changed to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m.) The Center is open Monday and Friday by appointment only. Donations may be brought to the Center during those hours - or may be brought to the agency during other times and placed in the large, blue Donation Drop-Off Station located toward the back of the SCCS campus.


The Clothing Center is a service provided primarily to kinship caregivers and to children and families involved with the agency. The program is dependent upon donations from the community of new and gently worn clothing, shoes, coats, bedding and infant items. For more information call (330) 379-1822.


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October 2015


In This Issue

Donations Needed for SCCS Holiday Programs

Creative Workshops Scheduled for K-8th Grade Students

'Jump Into Light Speed' Levy Auction Thursday, October 29

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled

Japanese Researcher Visits Agency To Learn about Alternative Response (AR)

Clothing Center Hours Changing



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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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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.