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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

Latest News
SCCS Hosts Special Easter Egg Hunts for Families Receiving Agency Services

There's no better way to celebrate the Easter holiday that participating in an Easter Egg Hunt!  And, Summit County Children Services is excited to host TWO Easter Egg Hunt Events for children receiving agency services.  Both events will be Saturday, March 24 held on the agency's campus.  Event #1 is 10-11 a.m. and Event #2 is 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 

There will be children's activities, entertainment, refreshments, a visit by the Easter Bunny and goodie bags (while supplies last).  And, there will be a 2,500 Easter Egg Hunt at each party presented by Meggitt Aircraft Braking System.  The Egg Hunts will be outdoors on the agency's back campus.  For Event #1, the Egg Hunt will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. and for Event #2, the Egg Hunt will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m.  Both Egg Hunts are for children age 2-12 only and will be held regardless of the weather.

Parents or Caregivers with children in their home, who are currently receiving SCCS ongoing services, must register to attend these eventsCLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  Deadline to register is March 22.  If you have questions, please call the Community Relations Department at (330) 379-1994.

IMPORTANT:  All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is committed to the safety, permanency and well-being of all children served, in partnership with families and the community. It is critical that our community leaders know our mission and understand our work. That is why we are contacting you today.

SCCS is gauging community perceptions about our organization and wants to hear from as many stakeholders as possible. Your participation in our 5-10 minute survey will help shape our communication plan in the coming year. In an effort to broaden the participation, we also ask that you share the link to our survey with your networks if possible. Together we can help ensure that our community understands the important work of SCCS in keeping the children of Summit County safe.

Thank you for your consideration.

Julie Barnes, M.Ed., LSW
Executive Director
Summit County Children Services

Click Here to Take the Survey

Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Child Care Professionals

Summit County Children Services is pleased to offer the following training:

6-hour initial training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse - Part 1: Thursday, April 12 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Part 2: Thursday, April 19, from 6 - 9 p.m. Must attend both classes for credit and registration close at 40 participants.

3-hour review training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse -  Thursday, April 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. Registration close at 40 participants.

These trainings are tailored to meet the requirements for all child care employees, child care centers, and Type A homes. Topics covered in these trainings include: an overview of Summit County Children Services, indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting tips, current issues such as the opiod epidemic as well as community and family supports.

Please note that all classes are limited to the first 40 people to register and are located at our main administration building at 264 South Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio 44306.

Classes are held once a quarter in January, April, July and October.

Click here to register.

Summit County Children Services Department Director Tracy Mayfield discussed addiction, treatment, and the opioid crisis with members of the Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery on Monday, November 13th.  Ms. Mayfield traveled to Washington D.C. to share her experiences working in social services and developing the Summit County Collaborative on Trauma Alcohol and Other Drug and Resiliency Building Services for Children and Families or "STARS" program.

SCCS collaborates with Summit County Public Health (SCPH) and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board (ADM) to provide necessary resources to families impacted by addiction. Outreach services are provided by SCPH as well as traditional case management services, parenting classes focused on addiction, recovery coaches, ongoing substance abuse treatment and tutors and mentors for children being served by SCCS. 

Summit County Children Services is pleased to announce the members of its inaugural Leadership Academy for 2017-2018.   Fifteen staff members were chosen by a selection committee made up of agency Administrators from all Divisions throughout the organization.  The following staff will be the 1st class of the Summit County Children Services Leadership Academy:


Michael Ayayo – Protective Department                                           

Megan Bertram – Protective Department                                           

Lauren Brown – Intake Department                                                    

Elizabeth Fowler – Intake Department                                               

Jonathon Hart – Legal Department                                                     

Timothy Longworth – Intake Department                                           

Janeen Murphy – Protective Department                                            

Gina Oriti – Placement and Permanency Planning Department

Kristine Ruiz – Protective Department

Adam Schumacher – Protective Department

Christina Snyder – Protective Department

Jennifer Snyder – Fiscal Department

Andrea Stephens – Intake Department

Krista Szalay – Intake Department

Joselyn Vasquez-Molina – Protective Department


Tshana Jefferson always loved children and knew one day she would become a parent. “Growing up I couldn't wait to become a mom. Even though I am single, I was ready to start my family, so I decided to go the foster-to-adopt route.”


SCCS Events
31st Annual Child & Family Awareness Month


April is the 31st Annual Child & Family Awareness Month, a month-long celebration of children and families.  CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION about the events and activities that are scheduled throughout the month.

Foster Care & Adoption Information Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m. at Northfield Baptist Church, 311 West Aurora Road, Northfield

Summit County Children Services presently has more than 675 children in custody.  It is critical that there are enough foster and foster to adopt families to temporarily and permanently care for these children.  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 SCCS. 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) 379-1990.

Featured Waiting Child
There are more than 170 children in the permanent custody of Summit County Children Services, many of whom are age 12 and older and do not have an identified adoptive family. Click below to read the profiles of the children waiting to be adopted.

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