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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

Welcome to our Website . . .
 
For more than a century, Summit County Children Services has improved the lives of abused and neglected children and their families by promoting child safety, permanency and well-being. Simply put, this long-standing commitment to our community is perhaps summed up best by our agency’s defining phrase: “Building Families . . . Building Futures.”
 
Many exciting and innovative programs and initiatives are now underway at our agency -- particularly those designed to provide permanent homes for the children in our community, especially during the current opiod epidemic.  In fact, The Challenge of Protecting Children During the Opioid Epidemic was the theme of our 2016 Annual Report, and the theme of the letter to the community (below) that appeared in that publication.
 
Thank you for your continued interest in Summit County Children Services and the children and families of Summit County.
 
Julie Barnes
Executive Director
 
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHAIR, BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Summit County Children Services (SCCS) found itself in the middle of a crisis … one created by substance abuse and the opioid epidemic that exploded in 2016. The effects of opiates and other drugs on children and families have had a tremendous impact on SCCS … socially, emotionally and financially. Over the last two years, SCCS has seen a drastic increase in the number of referrals where substance abuse was involved … a 17% increase in the number of children who entered custody … and an 18% increase in the cost of placing and caring for the children affected by substance abuse. This has also caused an urgent need for more foster and adoptive homes. At the same time, the State of Ohio ranked 50th in the amount of financial support directed to public agencies that serve neglected and abused children. Even if Ohio doubled the funds allocated to state child protection, Ohio would still be the lowest in the nation. This has placed a huge financial burden on SCCS in meeting the needs of children and families and also on the casework staff who oftentimes are challenged with secondary trauma from serving addicted families.

To meet these ongoing needs, SCCS developed many collaborative partnerships throughout the community that have helped to establish and continue a multitude of services for families experiencing substance abuse and addiction, as well as for children who have been affected by trauma. We have seen many families overcome addiction with the right intervention and support, and this annual report highlights some of the services provided to families.

However, now more than ever, we need your support for the children of Summit County, by contacting the governor, your state representatives, and state senators and asking for their support for child protection services. Children are the silent victims of the opioid epidemic. As a community, we have to meet this challenge head on because every child deserves a safe and stable environment.


Anna M. Arvay, CPA                                                                                      Julie Barnes, M.Ed., LSW

Chair                                                                                                               Executive Director
Board of Trustees
 
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NOTE: TO VIEW A FULL COPY OF THE 2016 SCCS ANNUAL REPORT, GO TO THE 'NEWS CENTER' AND CLICK ON 'PUBLICATIONS'