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Summit County Children's Services offers free program for professionals

AKRON, Ohio – April 2012 – “Close-Up© on YOU! Reflecting on the Past to Improve the Future,” a special free program designed to help professionals who work with families and children, will be held on Tuesday April 10 from 8 a.m.-Noon in the Auditorium of the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Downtown Akron. The program, sponsored by The Bair Foundation, Lucky Shoes and the County of Summit DD Board, is part of April’s 25th Anniversary Celebration of Child & Family Awareness Month, coordinated by Summit County Children Services.

Those professionals attending this year’s Close-Up session will have a chance to take part in a celebration of YOU! Every day, you work hard to make a difference in the lives of children and families you serve. You make decisions that have lasting impacts not only on your families but on you. Often times, you feel burned out and need a break to focus on you. This year’s Close-Up includes Parent and Youth Panels who will speak about the interventions that have been most helpful and offer advice as to what service providers can do better. Participants will also hear from several community leaders who will share their self-care secrets and the goals for their respective agencies. Close-Up will also include a Wellness Fair with vendors offering self-care and well-being information and services. Advance registration is required. Register online at www.summitkids.org. For more information on Close-Up, call (330) 379-1994.

About Child & Family Awareness Month

Child & Family Awareness Month has been observed annually throughout Summit County for 25 years. More than 150 agencies and organizations have formed a unique network committed to strengthening family life and community education as vehicles for child abuse prevention. They plan and implement a broad range of activities and educational initiatives during the month designed to build a solid foundation of community support for children and families. For more information about any program listed, please call Summit County Children Services, the coordinating agency for Child and Family Awareness Month, at (330) 379-1994, log onto www.summitkids.org, or check out the new Child & Family Awareness Month Facebook page.

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