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  • Basic needs: early childhood

    If you are looking for pregnancy support, have a young child at home or need financial assistance to make ends meet, finding help is easier than ever. Learn about programs and organizations committed to providing basic needs to growing families in Stark County. Because no baby should go without the necessary items for a healthy and safe start to life.

    • Basic needs: childhood

      In order to grow up happy and healthy, kids need a roof over their heads, food on the table and access to quality medical care. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for many of Stark County’s youngest residents. Find local organizations connecting children in our community with the basic items they need to thrive. Together, we can help keep our kids safe and supported.

      • Basic needs: youth & teens

        For adolescents in Stark County, growing up can be a challenge – especially when money is tight and support is not available at home. When youth and teens are struggling to meet their most basic needs, there are many local organizations they can turn to for help. Discover ways to access food, clothing and shelter for adolescents across Stark.

        • Basic needs: young adults

          With adulthood comes many unfamiliar challenges and responsibilities. Fortunately, when hardships do arise, there is a safety net of community agencies to offer support. Get in touch with local resources dedicated to helping young adults in Stark County achieve safety and self-sufficiency. Public assistance programs are available for food, clothing, shelter and more.

          • Basic needs information & referrals

            Looking for help, but not sure where to turn? At Stark Help Central, we have a vision for the future of Stark County where every child, parent, friend and neighbor has the resources to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. Find local organizations dedicated to lifting up local families in times of need.

            • School referrals for basic needs
              In order for a child to learn and thrive, it is important that their basic needs are met. When children are hungry or homeless, they are not prepared for success in school. Fortunately, many Stark County school districts have resources in place to provide access to food, clothing, shelter and more.
              • Food & nutrition

                Unfortunately, one in four children in Stark County is not sure where their next meal will come from. Find local organizations dedicated to providing access to food and nutrition for youth of all ages. Whether you are looking for a local hot meal program or need help applying for public food assistance, resources are available.

                • Homeless & housing
                  For young people in Stark County, homelessness can impact their lives at any age. Whether they are leaving foster care, juvenile detention facilities or difficult family situations, every child deserves a safe and stable place to call home. Reach out today for help finding affordable housing.
                  • Clothing assistance

                    If you or someone you know is in need of clothing assistance in Stark County, there is a network of community resources you can turn to for support. Whether you need baby, back-to-school, professional or everyday clothing, clothing resources are available here at home.

                    • How much sleep do I need?

                      Getting enough sleep is critical for healthy and happy development, but it can be difficult to know how much you need. Because sleep needs vary for newborns, infants, toddlers, children, teens and young adults, it’s important to know what’s recommended for you.

                      • Hard times: early childhood

                        Young children need proper nutrition and medical care in order to grow, develop and thrive. When a household is in financial crisis, it can have serious, long-term health, social and behavioral implications throughout their lives. Fortunately, families in Stark County are not alone in facing these challenges. There are local agencies dedicated to providing food, clothing, shelter and cash assistance to those who are experiencing hard times.

                        Even parents who are employed with steady incomes may struggle to make ends meet when they have child.

                        • Hard times: childhood

                          When families are dealing with a financial crisis, children are impacted whether we realize it or not. Most everyone in Stark County experiences the practical and emotional impacts of money troubles at one point or another, and it can be helpful to open up an honest dialogue with the entire household about the challenges. Talking about hardships could help children cope and even bring families closer.

                          Although financial challenges affect everyone, they can still take a major toll when they hit close to home.

                          • Hard times: youth & teens

                            When your family faces a job loss, medical issue or another significant financial setback, you might be shocked, confused and unsure where to turn. Fortunately, there are resources for young people and families who need emergency financial assistance in Stark County.

                            • Hard times: young adults

                              The transition to adulthood presents many new and often daunting challenges – from finding affordable housing to navigating the job search. If you find yourself struggling with the demands of bills, budgets and money management, don’t be discouraged. Community resources are available to support you toward a better financial future.

                              • Medicaid & medical insurance
                                All residents should have access to safe and effective health care, regardless of age or income. If you are a teen, young adult or the parent of a young child, affordable, quality care is within your reach. Get the medical, dental, prescription or mental health coverage you need for a happy and healthy tomorrow.
                                • Cash assistance

                                  Is your family in need of financial support? Everyone faces difficult times at one point or another. Fortunately, there are many local organizations in Stark County committed to lifting up community members in times of hardship. If you need cash, food or medical assistance, reach out for help today.

                                  • Local transportation

                                    For many Stark County residents, public transportation services are essential for their basic needs, including trips to work and medical appointments. Fortunately, local transportation resources are available to support low-income individuals as well as those with permanent disabilities. Find routes and contact information for public transportation providers near you.

                                    • Child neglect
                                      When a parent or caregiver fails to provide the basic needs for a child to grow up happy and healthy, it can cause serious long-term effects. For healthy development, children need food, clothing, safety, shelter and emotional support, especially during the early years of their lives.
                                      • How students and families can find help for basic needs
                                        Resources for basic needs are available for Stark County students during the school year. Watch this video to learn more.
                                        • Assistance application & eligibility

                                          Navigating life’s challenges is difficult enough. We’re here to make finding help for basic needs simple. Learn how to apply for cash, food and/or medical assistance and get started today. Cases are processed in the order they are received, so it is important to start the process as soon as possible.

                                          • Stark County CARE Teams cover basic needs so students can focus on academics
                                            Together, these professionals brainstorm ideas for ways to support children so they can do their best while they’re at school.
                                            • There is No Health Without Mental Health
                                              Mental health in an important part of your overall health – it’s not just physical health. Learn more and get Stark County resources on mental health.
                                              • Telehealth is here!
                                                Whether you are new to professional mental health support or have been in treatment before, telethealth is here to help.
                                                • You’re Not a Bad Parent if Your Child Needs Support for their Mental Health
                                                  If your child comes to you with an issue that may be impacting their mental health, you might feel guilty. However, they simply need your support.
                                                  • Help managing funds: payee services

                                                    If you or a loved one needs help managing Social Security funds, pension checks or veteran’s benefits, support is available. Find local organizations providing assistance to Stark County residents as they allocate money for clothing, food, housing, medical expenses, personal care items, rehabilitation and utilities.

                                                    • Support for children with developmental disabilities

                                                      Caring for a child with developmental disabilities can be a significant financial and emotional challenge. Stark Help Central has gathered together some of the most common resources to help you provide the care your child needs. From transportation and child care to cash, food and employment support, learn about the resources available to you.

                                                      • Special education services
                                                        Every child with developmental disabilities has a right to receive a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment possible. Learn how school districts across Stark Country are supporting students with functional needs through a variety of educational programs and services.
                                                        • Self-advocacy: youth & teens

                                                          As youth, teens and young adults become more independent, it’s important that they have the confidence to speak up for what they need, without fear of judgement. When young people leverage their powerful voices, they are better able to communicate their needs and improve their experiences. Learn about where to turn in Stark County for help building self-awareness, confidence and understanding.

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                                                            In order for a resource to be considered, it should be open to the community and support the needs of children, youth, teens and/or families in Stark County, Ohio.

                                                            • Transportation: young adults

                                                              Early adulthood marks an exciting and challenging time as young people move toward independent living and financial freedom. But without dependable transportation, young adults face obstacles in finding and sustaining meaningful employment. Reliable transportation is important for accessing opportunity and staying connected to the community. Discover what local programs and services are available to address your transportation needs.

                                                              • Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

                                                                Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are required to receive special education services in Stark County public schools. These important documents are put together by the teaching staff, parents, school administrators and the students themselves, to prepare for success in school. Included in these plans are details about the child’s learning needs, services required from the school and ways to monitor the student’s progress.

                                                                • Suicide prevention for Stark County children, teens and young adults
                                                                  If someone you know is hurting, don’t stop encouraging them to seek support. There is a community rooting for them to keep going.
                                                                  • Medical health providers

                                                                    If you are unsure of where to go for medical issues or don’t have a primary care physician, there are hospitals, medical centers, and urgent care facilities throughout Stark County. They can help you stay in good health, address any concerns or illnesses, or tend to more immediate needs and minor injuries. Affordable resources for medical and mental health services are available near you.

                                                                    • Transportation for students
                                                                      Reliable transportation to school and extracurricular activities is critical for academic success. Yet some young people do not have safe, dependable ways to get to and from school. Cost-effective and convenient options are provided through public and private transportation services. Find out how these local resources can meet your daily transportation needs.
                                                                      • Managed care plans
                                                                        After Medicaid approval, you’ll need to pick a managed care plan to receive your health care, which includes medically necessary services and more.
                                                                        • Mental health screening
                                                                          If you think you or someone you know might benefit from mental health services, an interactive online screening is a good place to start. This quick and easy quiz can help determine if professional mental health support is the right fit for your needs. All responses are confidential and anonymous, and can help connect you with helpful community programs, organizations and resources.
                                                                          • Respite care
                                                                            Primary caregivers for anyone from children with special needs to senior citizens sometimes need short-term relief. Find respite care near you.
                                                                            • Employment opportunities for military and veterans
                                                                              Members of the armed services offer great value to the workforce. Yet many transitioning to civilian life may need support to find a job. If you’re a veteran who needs direction, taking advantage of local skills training and job placement programs can prepare you for rewarding a career.
                                                                              • Occupational & physical therapy

                                                                                Occupational and physical therapists support children with disabilities by developing fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills and sensory control. Stark County schools must provide this service when a child’s education needs demonstrate their necessity. Using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and classroom modifications, therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other intervention specialists to help children reach their full educational potential.

                                                                                • Know your rights
                                                                                  In Stark County, rights are in place to make sure every student has access to quality education – regardless of physical, cognitive or social barriers. It is important for parents and students to be aware of and understand these rights, so you can effectively self-advocate for the services and supports you deserve.
                                                                                  • Developmental disabilities: early childhood

                                                                                    Caring for children with developmental disabilities presents unique challenges. For children up to age 3, Stark County Early Intervention (EI) provides services for families to help children reach their full potential. Using a team approach, developmental specialists and therapists, who are specific to the needs of the family, work with caregivers and children to coach, teach specific techniques, and provide appropriate resources to parents and caregivers. Learn more about the programs and services available for young children with developmental disabilities.

                                                                                    • Stark County Educational Service Center Provides Schools with Helpful Resources
                                                                                      The Stark County Educational Service Center provides schools with helpful resources that support student educational, health and emotional needs.
                                                                                      • Aging out: emotional & mental health support

                                                                                        Children who are part of the foster care system in Stark County will eventually reach the age of 18 and age out of the program. Just like anyone else, these young adults may have medical and mental health care needs. But unlike other young people, once they age out of foster care, they no longer have the same financial and emotional backing at home.

                                                                                        Unfortunately, these young people rarely receive the emotional and behavioral health services they need because of a lack of insurance and family support.

                                                                                        • Foster & adoption: early childhood

                                                                                          Every baby should grow up in an environment where they are loved and protected. However, sometimes young children are placed in unfortunate situations that jeopardize their safety and well-being. Whenever a parent is unable to provide adequate care, a child may be removed from their home and paired with a foster or adoptive family.

                                                                                          Currently, many children in Stark County are in need of fostering or adoption, especially children with functional needs and sibling groups.

                                                                                          • CARE Teams

                                                                                            School can present many challenges for students. Whether they are struggling in class, experiencing issues in the home or having a hard time socially, CARE Teams are available to help. Each CARE team is different, but they are typically made up of school guidance counselors, administrators, teachers, clinical staff, family support specialists and mental health professionals. With different skills and backgrounds at the table, each member of the CARE Team contributes a unique perspective to address student issues with wraparound resources.

                                                                                            • Mental health resources

                                                                                              Are you ready to seek treatment for a mental health condition? We know there are many reasons why reaching out for support might not be the easiest choice. But we also know it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your emotional wellness. And now there are alternatives to meeting with a counselor in person! Telehealth is now available for virtual mental health support.

                                                                                              If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of sadness or hopelessness,

                                                                                              • Being Kind to Others & Yourself Can Improve Your Mental Health
                                                                                                Kindness is linked to mental health. And we sure could use more of it during the pandemic. Here are simple ways to add more kindness into your life.
                                                                                                • Childhood mental health services

                                                                                                  In some instances, a child who has experienced trauma or another mental health challenge may struggle to cope as they get older. If your child seems to be battling feelings of hopelessness, sadness or difficult behaviors, consider seeking the help of a mental health provider in Stark County.

                                                                                                  You can ask your child’s pediatrician for referrals and guidance throughout the process of seeking services. This may include direct counseling for the child or family and community-based treatment.

                                                                                                  • Reflections, 2020-2021

                                                                                                    Do you roll your eyes when you hear the words ‘self care’? Yeah, me too, and we are hearing it now more often than ever. For 20 years much of our community’s training emphasis has been on understanding both the devastation of trauma and the healing power of Resilience. Who knew that, unknowingly, we were preparing ourselves for 2020 – when our entire world would
                                                                                                    experience a collective and ongoing traumatic pandemic.

                                                                                                    The stability and predictability that had structured our lives?

                                                                                                    • CHANCE Program Helps People with Substance Use in Stark County
                                                                                                      The CHANCE Program gives individuals in Stark County a chance to address substance use through intensive treatment. Learn more about this program.
                                                                                                      • Stories of Self-Advocacy
                                                                                                        Watch these videos from Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities to find out how young people with disabilities are advocating for themselves.
                                                                                                        • Becoming resilient is a daily practice
                                                                                                          Resiliency daily practices and tips to help you build a strong foundation of character. Face life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.
                                                                                                          • Mental Health Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic

                                                                                                            This year, we’ve faced a pandemic unlike anything in our lifetimes. As we get closer to a vaccine for coronavirus, many people in Stark County are still feeling the stressful effects. Fortunately, the stress response is normal during a crisis.

                                                                                                            Are you looking for ways to manage feelings of stress and anxiety? Here are some common questions we have received related to mental health, coping with COVID-19 in the community,

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                                                                                                              • The Stark County Legal System
                                                                                                                Find the right court or local government program for your specific legal needs. Learn about the Stark County legal system.
                                                                                                                • The Legacy Project of Stark Makes an imPACT

                                                                                                                  Who We Are

                                                                                                                  In 2015, The Legacy Project of Stark was founded by Eugene Lingenhoel. As he was delivering backpacks & school supplies at Lehman Middle School in Canton City, the principal, Jeanne McNeal, who is now the principal at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local, asked Eugene if he would be willing to meet with some of her students.  Jeanne saw a need for her students to have a positive role model in their life and saw an opportunity to provide that for them.

                                                                                                                  • Importance of Safe Places and Caring Relationships for Our LGBTQ+ Young People

                                                                                                                    In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, let us take a moment to learn more about what we can do in our personal and professional lives to create safe spaces and caring relationships for our LGBTQ youth (and adults).

                                                                                                                    Far too many LGBTQ+ youth do not feel safe and accepted or feel a sense of pride in themselves.  In fact, LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, parental rejection, depression, and thoughts of suicide at significantly higher rates then their heterosexual peers.

                                                                                                                    Stark County Job & Family Services: Basic Needs

                                                                                                                    Helping individuals in Stark County apply for cash, food and medical assistance.

                                                                                                                    221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 452-4661
                                                                                                                    TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                                                                                    Stark County Job & Family Services: Human Services Division

                                                                                                                    Help with child services, parenting support and basic needs referrals.

                                                                                                                    221 Third Street SE
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 451-8861
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                                                                                                                    Stark County Job & Family Services: Children Services

                                                                                                                    Basic needs and protective services for Stark County children and families.

                                                                                                                    402 2nd St. SE
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                    Toll Free: (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                                    Toll Free: (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                                    Local: (330) 451-8032
                                                                                                                    TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                                                                                    Stark County Job & Family Services

                                                                                                                    For help with the foster system, emancipation, employment, independent living skills, basic needs referrals and more. Visit the Stark JFS website for more information.

                                                                                                                    221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                    Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                                    Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                                    Local: (330) 452-4661
                                                                                                                    TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                                                                                    ABLE (Adult Basic Literacy Education)

                                                                                                                    Adult college and career readiness programs offered through Canton City Schools.

                                                                                                                    Canton City Schools, 116 McKinley Ave. NW
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 438-2559
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                                                                                                                    Healthy Start

                                                                                                                    Medicaid-funded program providing basic medical coverage for pregnant women and children up to 19 years old:

                                                                                                                    • Doctor visits
                                                                                                                    • Hospital care
                                                                                                                    • Vision services
                                                                                                                    • Prescriptions and more
                                                                                                                    Stark County Job & Family Services, 221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                    For questions: (330) 451-8861
                                                                                                                    For questions: (330) 451-8861
                                                                                                                    To apply: 1 (844) 640-6446 (OHIO)
                                                                                                                    Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 1 (800) 324-8680
                                                                                                                    Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 1 (800) 324-8680
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                                                                                                                    Perry Helping Perry: Food Pantry

                                                                                                                    Food pantry serving the needs of Perry Township residents.

                                                                                                                    3757 Lincoln Way E
                                                                                                                    Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 418-4148
                                                                                                                    Hours: Third Saturday of every month: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
                                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                                    George Dunwoody Foundation

                                                                                                                    Support programs and mentorship for parents to become better informed about their child’s needs.

                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 268‐2916
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                                                                                                                    Ohio State University Extension

                                                                                                                    Programming to address the needs of Stark County while also addressing state, national and global issues.

                                                                                                                    RG Drage Campus, 2800 Richville Dr. SE,
                                                                                                                    Suite 100
                                                                                                                    Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 832-9856
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                                                                                                                    Eastgate Early Childhood and Family Center

                                                                                                                    Separate educational facility for preschool-aged children with significant cognitive, physical, behavioral and medical needs.

                                                                                                                    2121 Ashland St.
                                                                                                                    Louisville, OH 44641
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 479-3440
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                                                                                                                    Deliverance House: CommQuest

                                                                                                                    Non-medical residential program for adult women with moderate substance use and mental health needs.

                                                                                                                    1711 Spring Ave. NE
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44714
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 454-6800
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                                                                                                                    Stark County Family Council

                                                                                                                    Wraparound services for youth and families who have complex, multi-system needs. Visit their website for more information.

                                                                                                                    6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                                                                    North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                    Phone: 330-492-8136
                                                                                                                    Phone: 330-492-8136
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                                                                                                                    Rebecca Stallman Southgate School

                                                                                                                    School districts may refer students with intense needs to this separate public education facility for students ages 5 to 22.

                                                                                                                    3057 Cleveland Ave. SW
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                                    Phone: 330-484-2547
                                                                                                                    Phone: 330-484-2547
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                                                                                                                    Stark County Health Department

                                                                                                                    Serves the public health needs of more than 250,000 people in Stark County:

                                                                                                                    • Emergency preparedness
                                                                                                                    • Environmental health
                                                                                                                    • Health education
                                                                                                                    • Kids safety
                                                                                                                    7235 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                                                    North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 493-9904
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                                                                                                                    Home Helpers

                                                                                                                    Respite care is provided to seniors, working parents, new mothers, and individuals who require recuperative or continuing care. Their services and schedules can be customized to your needs.

                                                                                                                    3730 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                                                    Suite 400
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 892-9329
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                                                                                                                    BeYoutiful Weirdo, LLC

                                                                                                                    Offers a variety of programming to meet the educational, social, emotional and recreational needs of young women 5-17 years of age, hosts an annual Princess Party. Learn more: www.beyoutifulweirdollc.com

                                                                                                                    131 Tremont Ave SE
                                                                                                                    Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                    Phone: (234) 804-6850
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                                                                                                                    Sunrise Vista Behavioral Health

                                                                                                                    At Sunrise Vista, we are capable of providing the medical needs associated with substance abuse disorders in individuals also experiencing mental health related symptoms as long as the individual has a primary mental health diagnosis.

                                                                                                                    1223 Market Ave North
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44714
                                                                                                                    Phone: 844-942-3007
                                                                                                                    Phone: 844-942-3007
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                                                                                                                    Great Lakes Science Center Summer Day Camps

                                                                                                                    Great Lakes Science Center is offering both at-home and at Great Lakes Science Center camp experiences to best fit your family’s needs. Both options have been designed with your child’s health and safety in mind.
                                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                                    601 Erieside Ave.
                                                                                                                    Cleveland, OH 44114
                                                                                                                    Phone: (216) 621-2400
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                                                                                                                    Mom + Me Recovery

                                                                                                                    Connecting opiate dependent and at-risk mothers to pre- and post-natal resources to achieve a healthy pregnancy, full-term delivery, and a healthy newborn cared for with special attention focused on their unique needs. Visit https://commquest.org/moms/ for more information.

                                                                                                                    Phone: 330-453-8252
                                                                                                                    Phone: 330-453-8252
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                                                                                                                    Pathway Caring for Children

                                                                                                                    Helping families to build trusting and lasting relationships for a lifetime:

                                                                                                                    • Individual or group therapy
                                                                                                                    • Support groups
                                                                                                                    • Case management

                                                                                                                    Pathway provides short-term relief (hourly, daily, or overnight) in a foster home or community setting for adoptive families who have a child with special needs. They also offer special workshops and training, support groups, and connection to resources for adoptive parents.

                                                                                                                    4895 Dressler Rd. NW
                                                                                                                    Suite A
                                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 493-0083
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