24-Hour Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: (330) 434-KIDS (5437)
A case is transferred to the Protective Services department of Summit County Children Services (SCCS) after the initial assessment has been completed by Intake Services, and it has been determined that it is in the child's best interest to be temporarily placed with a relative or in a foster home or for the agency to remain involved and provide ongoing services while the child remains at home.
Caseworkers partner with families to develop case plans that include objectives and goals that build upon the parents' strengths and addresses safety and well-being concerns for their children.
Additionally, staff offers supportive counseling to children and connects families to a variety of community resources to help strengthen family supports so children can remain safely in their homes.
When needed, agency staff works closely with the Summit County Juvenile Court to keep children safe while in custody and monitor case plan progress to determine when children can safely reunify with their parents.
And when returning home is not possible or in the best interest of the child, caseworkers will work in partnership with the family to identify another permanent plan for the child's care.
SCCS’ Protective Services department is comprised of 10 units each with a supervisor and six social workers. One of these units serves families with complex medical and developmental needs. Additionally, social work assistants and clerical staff support the caseworkers' completion of job duties.
Contact SCCS for questions about SCCS child protection services.