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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, September 2015



Spotlight on Children & Families  

September is 'Kinship Appreciation Month'


Achieving permanency for the children in our custody is one of Summit County Children Services' most important goals.  And, the continued willingness of 'kin' to come forward and welcome many of these children into their homes not only provides them with stability and security but a brighter future overall. So as we observe September as Kinship Appreciation Month, I would like to once again thank each and every one of our agency's Kinship Caregivers for all you do.  You truly make an enormous difference.


- Julie Barnes, Executive Director


 About Kinship Care 


Kinship care families are relatives or family friends raising their kin when the parents are unable to do so. Sometimes a child is removed from parents' care and placed with relatives in foster care. In other cases, children are placed informally with relatives outside of foster care. It is estimated that nationally approximately 2.7 million children are living in kinship care households. Kinship care benefits the child by providing them with an improved sense of identity, connectedness, greater placement stability, and a natural support system.


For more information on Kinship Care, click here.


Recovery Month 5K Walk

Set for September 13


As part of Summit County's observance of September as 'National Recovery Month,' a variety of community organizations including Summit County Children Services have joined forces to sponsor the free 3rd Annual 5K 'Recovery Walk' on Sunday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at Oriana Day Reporting, 750 W. Market St. in Akron's Highland Square District. (Overflow parking for participants will be at Akron UMADAOP, 665 W. Market St.). For more information, contact Dr. Alicia Malone at (330) 376-6245 or (330) 701-0576.


Women's Board Rummage Sale October 3 in Fairlawn


The Women's Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services is holding its annual Rummage Sale Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 South Smith Road, Fairlawn. Rummage donations, such as clothing, housewares, lawn and garden items, craft supplies or accessories, are welcome. Please drop off any donated rummage at the Fairlawn Community Center on Friday, October 2 between 8:30 a.m.- noon. For more information, call (330) 923-6520.



Child Abuse Trainings Scheduled for Day Care Professionals


State law requires that preschools and day care centers have a person trained in child abuse recognition and prevention on staff at all times. To help area child care providers fulfill this requirement, Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is offering area child care employees free trainings in child abuse and neglect recognition and prevention during September and October. For more information or to register online click here.


Creative Workshops Scheduled for K-8th Grade Students




All kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to attend one of a series of seven 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 in preparation for the 29th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month scheduled for April, 2016. The first two sessions in September are:

  • Tuesday, September 15, 4-6 p.m. at Acme Fresh Market (Green), 3875 Massillon Road, Uniontown
  • Thursday, September 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Buchtel CLC, 1040 Copley Road, 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.


Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting in Ellet September 15


Summit County Children Services' next Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ellet Branch Library, 2470 E. Market St., Akron. At the end of August, 40 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 how the process works, 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.



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September 2015


In This Issue

September is 'Kinship Appreciation Month'

About Kinship Care

Recovery Month 5K Walk Set for September 13

Women's Board Rummage Sale October 3 in Fairlawn

Child Abuse Trainings Scheduled for Day Care Professionals

Creative Workshops Scheduled for K-8th Grade Students

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

Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting in Ellet 9/15



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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.