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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, July 2016




Spotlight on Children & Families   

Donations Needed for School Supplies Program


Summit County Children Services is once again asking for the community's assistance to ensure that every child in agency care will begin the school year prepared with brand new school supplies to help them succeed in the classroom.


A donation of $25 will purchase a backpack and school supplies for elementary school children.  A $35 donation will provide a backpack and school supplies for middle school students. And, a donation of $40 will provide essentials for a high school student - including a scientific calculator.  Monetary donations can be made online through PayPal at summitkids.org (click on Donor/Volunteer Opportunities and use the "Donate Now" button).  Individuals can also mail a donation to the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, 44306 -- in care of the Community Relations Department. Checks should be made payable to Summit County Children Services.


For those who prefer to shop for school supplies and donate the items, a list of the essential supplies needed is also available on the agency's website by clicking on Donor/Volunteer Opportunities/School Supplies.  Please note: It is requested that all donations be delivered to the agency between Wednesday, July 20 and Friday, August 5 so that volunteers can pack them into backpacks on Saturday, August 6. 


For more information please contact Summit County Children Services Community Relations Manager Sandy DeLuca at (330) 379-1994 / sdeluca@summitkids.org, or Community Relations Intern Lauryn Rosinski at (330) 996-1057 / rosinskil@summitkids.org.



Change Direction Summit County: Be a Part of Bringing Mental Health to Main Street this July


Summit County Children Services is proud to support the national 'Change Direction' campaign as it expands the important conversation about mental health into Summit County the weekend of July 22-24.

  • On Friday, July 22, Change Direction Summit County will be 'Bringing Mental Health to Main Street' with a free morning educational symposium at the Downtown Akron Library, followed by a lunchtime kickoff rally from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Lock 3 featuring guest speakers who will share their personal experiences, as well as a variety of food trucks, and information on local mental health resources. 
  • On Saturday, July 23, Change Direction Summit County campaign volunteers will take the campaign out to the community by taking part in two well-known community events - the WKDD Kidz Day at Boettler Park in Green and The Akron Arts Expo at Hardesty Park in Akron - while also appearing at the Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls from 8-11 a.m. to share information about mental health and mental illness.  At these events, in addition to receiving valuable information about local mental health resources, visitors will be encouraged to take a Change Direction selfie to post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
  • The weekend will wrap up on Sunday, July 24, when local faith leaders and other volunteers visit numerous area churches to share key messages about mental health and reach out to anyone needing help. 

The idea of having a Change Direction initiative targeted to Summit County was first suggested by local Congressman Tim Ryan and officially announced by Summit County Executive Russ Pry at his annual State of the County speech in March.


For more information on the July 22-24 events, visit the Change Direction Summit County website at changedirectionsummitcounty.org, or the Change Direction Summit County Facebook Page. For more information on the national Change Direction campaign, go to changedirection.org



Clothing Donations for

 Kids Needed


The Summit County Children Services 'Clothing Center' - which provides new and gently worn clothing of all types for needy client families served by the agency - is asking area residents to consider donating their unwanted children's clothes.  The Clothing Center presently has a special need for:

  • Summer pajamas of all sizes (newborn to teen)
  • Summer jackets for girls (sizes newborn to teen)
  • Summer teen boy clothing

Donations to The Clothing Center may be brought to the agency's Community Relations Department Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  After hours, donations may be taken to the front desk of the agency's Administration Building. Summit County Children Services is located at 264 S. Arlington St., Akron.



Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled


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

  • Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at Summit County Children Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St., Cuyahoga Falls. 

There is always a need for foster and adoptive parents in Summit County.  Our agency presently has more than 200 children in foster care - including more than 40 children in permanent custody waiting to be adopted.  Those attending 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. 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, call (330) 379-2055.


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



SCCS Names New Deputy Director of Fiscal Services


Darin Kearns, CPA, is the new Deputy Director of Fiscal Services at SCCS, succeeding Gary Binns who recently retired from the agency after 17 years of service.


Mr. Kearns came to SCCS from Portage County Job and Family Services where he served as budget and finance administrator. Prior to Portage County, he worked for Wayne County Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.



Mark Your Calendars for These

Community Outreach Events


This summer, Summit County Children Services is continuing its community outreach efforts at a variety of popular local events. Visit our booth at:

  • African-American Cultural Festival, Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, Lock 3, Downtown Akron
  • WKDD Kidz Day - Saturday, July 23. Boettler Park, Green
  • Summit for Kids - Saturday, August 20, John S. Knight Center, Downtown Akron



Women's Auxiliary Board News


  • Congratulations to Jen Thames of Cuyahoga Falls who was recently elected the new President of the SCCS Women's Auxiliary Board (WAB).  Other officers are:  Bettemae Ramsey of Akron (Vice President), Bev VanderVeen of Akron (Second Vice President), Rosemary Federico of Akron (Recording Secretary), Annette Breit of Stow (Corresponding Secretary) and Becky Kuhns of Stow (Treasurer).
  • The WAB also announced that the group's popular Annual Rummage Sale fundraiser will be held on an earlier date this year - Saturday, September 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 Smith Road. Community donations are welcome -- for more information, call (330) 923-6520.



Goodwill Employee of Distinction Luncheon Set for September 7


SCCS is once again supporting Goodwill Industries of Akron in its 15th Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, September 7th. This year's keynote speaker will be Ken Babby, Owner and CEO, Akron RubberDucks.


All area employers are urged to get involved . . . here are links to help.


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In This Issue

Donations Needed for School Supplies Program

Change Direction Summit County: Be a Part of Bringing Mental Health to Main Street this July

Clothing Donations for Kids Needed

Next Foster Care & Adoption Info Meetings Scheduled

SCCS Names New Deputy Director of Fiscal Services

Mark Your Calendars for These Community Outreach Events

Women's Auxiliary Board News

Goodwill Employee of Distinction Luncheon Set for September 7



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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


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

Inspector William Holland

Michele Mizda



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