AKRON, Ohio –May 2012–Summit County Children Services will hold a free Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting at the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, on Thursday, May 31 from 6-8 p.m.
Area residents who attend the information meeting will learn more about foster care and adoption, including what and how long the process is, what kind of support is provided by the agency, and the costs involved with adopting a child. Agency staff will also share basic information about the children coming into care.
Recent national statitistics from Childhelp.org reports that, "child abuse is reported every ten seconds and more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse." Childhelp also estimates that 80% of children, who die from abuse, are under the age of four and as many as 60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded on death certificates.
As many as 90% of juvenile sexaul abuse victims know their perpetrators. Many of them are relatives or close friends to the family. (Childhelp)
A Child Maltreatment report released in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and Children's Bureau analyzed statewide data for the last five years. Their findings were relesed and they discovered that in the state of Ohio the child population is 2,714,341 and the number of child abuse reports made in that five year span were 139,079. Out of those abuse investigations, 45,714 were unsubstantiated and dropped.
For those who would like to know more about child abuse in the Akron area, Summit County Children Services will also be showing a recruitment DVD that features children in permanent custody who are waiting to be adopted. This event is free and open to the entire community and reservations are not needed. For information, call (330) 379-1994 or visit www.summitkids.org.