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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

Independent Living Services

The Independent Living Program assists adolescents in foster care in preparation for self-sufficiency.

Independent Living services are provided to each youth in agency custody age 16 and over.

Youth are assessed at age 16 using the Casey Life Skills Assessment. An Independent Living plan is established and services are provided in the following areas:

Independent Living Groups

Independent Living classes are held throughout the year. For dates of the next sessions, contact the Independent Living Department at Summit County Children Services at (330) 996-1084.

Groups are held weekly on Thursday evenings in Hunsicker Hall at the Education Center located on our campus at 264 S. Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio from 4:15 pm - 5:45 p.m.

For more information regarding the Independent Living Curriculum process that helps youth prepare for self-sufficiency click here.

Transitional Housing Program

Summit County Children Services offers two transitional Housing Programs for youth 18 to 24.

The service philosophy of the Transitional Housing Program is to provide ongoing support and supplemental services to young adults previously in agency custody who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and in need of services to become self-sufficient. The focus of services is the empowerment of the youth toward obtaining employment, continued education and permanent housing. A total of 21 one-bedroom apartments within the Akron area are provided through the Transitional Housing Program.

Teen Links

Below are a few helpful websites for teens that contain information about education, daily living and offer support for teens in foster care and those who have been adopted.

The Foster Club is a non-profit national network for young people in foster care.

Teen Central is an anonymous help line to help teens and parents with teen problems.

ToneTeen.com was created to educate kids and teens about health and fitness. It provides free access to articles and tools to help promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Foster Care Alumni Chapter of America - Ohio Chapter is a national organization which was established with the support of the Casey Family Programs to connect alumni and transform the child welfare system.

A Thin Line provides information about the differences between good and bad behavior in digital media.

LoveisRespect.org offers information about teen dating and violence.

Emily Post has been noted for discussing ettiqutte for years. She has many good comments just for teens for learning the appropriate do's and don't for things from cell phones to social media pages.

Success Story

Summit County Youth Emancipation Task Force "Purple Umbrella Project"

The Summit County Youth Emancipation Task Force (SCYETF) was established in 2009 as an alliance of representatives from more than 30 community organizations committed to assisting emancipating youth in several key areas: employment, education, housing, transportation, legal issues, and health and mental health services.

The Task Force’s ‘Purple Umbrella Project’ was designed to provide a visible symbol of hope and help for these youth through ‘Purple Umbrella Window Decals’ prominently displayed at each agency or business that offers special assistance and/or services to youth who identify themselves as having recently left the care of Summit County Children Services.
After making significant improvements in the six key areas identified, the Task Force formed a steering committee to increase the level of support and awareness regarding the issues facing all youth ages 18 - 24 throughout our community. A larger, more broad-based collaboration consisting of partners from various youth and adult serving agencies,  was formed called "The Akron Umbrella Project" or "Akron UP". The goal of Akron UP, much like that of the Summit County Youth Emancipation Task Force is to "Increase collaboration, advocacy and planning efforts among adult and youth serving agencies in the Akron area to improve the lives of young people transitioning to adulthood".
Resources for Teens

The Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program 

The Ohio Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Applicants must complete the ETV application which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to ETV confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) and unmet need.

For more information, call 855-471-1931 or email oh@statevoucher.org. The fax number is 800-757-0862 or visit www.fc2sprograms.org.


Teen Anger Management Center
Sponsored by Greenleaf Family Resource Center

The goal of Anger Management is to help individuals experience and express anger in healthy, non-destructive ways.  Anger management can help reduce emotional intensity and physiological arousal that anger causes.  You cannot control other people or situations, but you CAN learn to control your response.

For more information please call an Intake-Care Manager at Greenleaf Family Resource Center at (330) 376-9494.

Teen Pride

Teen pride is a new group for LGBTQ and allied teens. Come, be a part of this group, help us decide on projects, and mission and vision statements. This group will be directed by facilitators, but developed by you the LGBT and LGBT-allied teens in the community who want to be part of this program. Teen Pride meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 895 N. Main St., Akron.

For more information, check the calendar under News & Events or call (330) 252-1559. Also visit www.canapi.org.

50 Things to do to Help Someone Get Ready for Life on Their Own

There are many ways to help teens get ready for life on their own.  Click here to view the entire list.

 1. Help them get an original copy of their birth certificate.
 2. Help them get a social security card (and wallet to put it in).
 3. Enroll them in a school program in which they can succeed.
 4. Help them get a picture identification card.
 5. Find out if they are eligible for a Medicaid card.
 6. Help them get copies of medical records.
 7. Start a "life book" that will contain important papers.
 8. Help them open up a bank account.
 9. Teach them how to write and cash a check.
10. Line them up with a dentist that they can continue to use.


Provided by: Lighthouse Youth Services 2007