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  • Parenting help

    From education and income to physical and emotional health, learn about programs and organizations dedicated to supporting parents in Stark County as they navigate parenthood. Because a strong family foundation can help children succeed at home, in the classroom and in their relationships with others.

    • Resources for parents

      Nothing prepares you for parenthood. Parenting has been called the ultimate long-term investment. It’s one of the most complex and challenging jobs you’ll face in your lifetime – and also the most rewarding. Find local resources to help you navigate parenthood in Stark County.

      • First-time parents

        Families begin in many different ways. No matter if you are a birth parent, adoptive parent, foster parent, step-parent or single parent by choice, learning to care for a child takes time. But the good news is that you already have the basics to parent successfully: your love for your child, instincts and common sense. All first-time parents bring their own skills, values and experiences to their families, and Stark County has community resources that are available to help you along the way.

        • Young parents

          The transition to parenthood is difficult at any age, and especially for teens and young adults. Find local resources, programs and organizations available to support young parents in Stark County, both financially and emotionally. Benefits of social support services for first-time parents include improved parenting knowledge, enhanced parent-child relationships and increased economic self-sufficiency.

          • Affordable child care

            Find local resources, organizations and public assistance programs dedicated to making reliable, safe and affordable child care accessible to all families in Stark County. Child care assistance helps to pay a portion of your child care costs, so you can continue to work and support your family.

            • Teen pregnancy

              If you are experiencing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, you are not alone. Being a pregnant teen can be overwhelming and confusing, but community resources in Stark County are available to help you along the way. Find support groups, health care providers and confidential spaces to talk about your pregnancy options.

              • Parenting kids in school

                Every student has unique needs and challenges, and a parent’s attitudes about education can be an important factor in a child’s journey through school. By modeling curiosity, confidence and a love of learning, parents can inspire a positive academic experience. Find helpful tips and resources for parenting during childhood education in Stark County.

                • 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.
                  • Father’s rights

                    The bond between a child and their father sets an important family foundation. Community agencies all over Stark County work every day to remove barriers and promote more positive father/child relationships. Even if a father is not the custodial parent, they still have rights when it comes to caring for their children. Find information, programs and organizations dedicated to supporting fathers legally, financially and emotionally. Because stronger relationships lead to stronger families.

                    • Foster & adoption: childhood

                      Many Stark County community members choose to expand their families through fostering and adoption. For children who need a stable home, the permanent care of adoption or the temporary safe haven of fostering can help. Even if you are not sure if fostering or adoption is the right path for you, find information to help you learn about the options available.

                      Most children who are eligible for adoption in Stark County are over the age of six and have experienced some level of trauma,

                      • 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.

                        • Foster and Adoption services

                          Are you interested in learning more about adoption services in Stark County? All children have hopes of being welcomed into permanent, loving and committed families. Whether you are pregnant and exploring your options or an aspiring adoptive parent, find local resources to offer support, knowledge and assistance throughout the process.

                          • Early childhood immunizations

                            It is important that children receive immunizations early in life to help protect them from potentially life-threatening illnesses and diseases. If your child is behind on their shots, don’t worry. Your pediatric or primary care physician can help determine a make-up vaccination schedule, so your child can get safely back on track.

                            • Foster & adoption: youth & teens

                              Young children are not the only ones in need of safe and welcoming homes. Many teens in the Stark County foster system are seeking the love and support of adoptive families. Find Stark County resources to support these teens in their pursuit of family placements, or as they transition to living on their own.

                              • Emotional support: child custody
                                Custody cases can mean tough transitions for everyone involved – whether determining who the child will live with, what school district they will be enrolled in or where they will spend the holidays. With professional emotional support, you and your child can learn to cope, heal and support each other every step of the way.
                                • Healthy Pregnancy

                                  For expecting mothers, preparing for a healthy birth starts long before labor and delivery. From conception until you bring your baby home, get the early and regular prenatal care you need for a happy and healthy pregnancy. There are many affordable prenatal care providers available here in Stark County.

                                  • Child custody legal assistance

                                    As you consider the best care for a child following a divorce, separation or another difficult family situation, it is important to have appropriate legal representation to guide you through the process. We’re here to help you get started.

                                    • Child custody: youth & teens

                                      The family court considers many factors when considering the best custody arrangements for youth and teens. As children get older, their school schedules become more complex and they likely have stronger opinions about their living arrangements. Most judges encourage flexibility when it comes to caring for older children, so they are best set up for success. Find help navigating teen custody cases in Stark County.

                                      • Child custody: childhood

                                        Child custody decisions differ depending on many factors, one of which is the child’s age. Children ages 4 to 10 thrive best when their experience in school remains consistent and parental involvement is frequent and structured. Determining the best child arrangements can be confusing, especially during difficult situations such as divorce or separation. Find resources to help Stark County parents and caregivers navigate child custody cases.

                                        • Child custody: early childhood

                                          As with all custody cases, the family court carefully considers what is in the best interest of the child when deciding the custody arrangements for very young children (ages 0 to 3). Whenever possible, separation between each parent and the child is minimized to promote bonding and reduce anxiety. Find legal assistance and resources to help families navigate custody cases for infants and toddlers in Stark County.

                                          • Sexual Health and Pregnancy/STI Prevention

                                            If you are unsure about the family planning methods available to you and want to learn more about your options, you are not alone. Find local resources, programs and community organizations providing reproductive health services for individuals and couples in Stark County.

                                            • Early education resources

                                              Early education programs provide learning opportunities for children, ages 3 to 5 years old, and are aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards. These standards establish benchmarks that impact future learning. All early childhood education programming offered in Stark County is targeted to support children as they build a strong knowledge-based foundation.

                                              • Public Benefits 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.

                                                • Family & youth counseling

                                                  Family therapy can be a helpful tool to reduce household conflicts and concerns by encouraging more positive family interactions. Through open and honest dialogues, this method of group counseling can help set strong foundations for healthy minds and strong families. Find family and youth counseling resources here in Stark County.

                                                  • Basic needs: adulthood

                                                    Stark County offers a wide range of basic needs services from food, medicine and family assistance as well as targeted services for veterans, those in substance abuse recovery, homeless persons, parents and more.

                                                    • Discover the Early Childhood Resource Center

                                                      With a main office in Canton and additional sites in Akron and Boardman, the Early Childhood Resource Center may be one of this region’s best kept secrets. As part of its mission to promote the healthy development of young children, the organization offers numerous programs aimed at strengthening families; improving the quality of early childhood care and learning experiences; and increasing school and community readiness, while also helping to inform public policy.

                                                      Assisting parents in finding child care,

                                                      • Grief & trauma
                                                        Young people who experience the loss of a loved one can have a strong emotional response that they don’t fully understand. Parents, educators and peer supporters can help teenagers and young adults manage the pain and discover ways to cope and recover. Find local resources available to support young people in Stark County as they deal with the effects of grief and trauma.
                                                        • Migrant working
                                                          People who work outside of their home country are especially susceptible to human rights violations. They are often forced to work in unsafe, unsanitary environments and face abuses that go largely unseen and unreported. Find local resources to support these underrepresented employees.
                                                          • Runaways
                                                            A young person may want to leave home for many reasons. They might be rebelling against their parents or fleeing a dangerous family setting. But unfortunately, couch surfing or living on the streets could increase the likelihood of exploitation and other dangerous situations.
                                                            • Summer camps
                                                              When school is out for the summer, finding engaging ways to keep kids busy can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many great summer camps offered throughout Northeast Ohio, where young people can socialize, learn and channel their energy in positive ways. Especially for working parents, camps can be a better, more affordable alternative to summer child care. Learn about the summer camps available near you.
                                                              • 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.

                                                                • Childhood counseling helps
                                                                  A child may have trouble getting past a trauma. If your child continues to struggle with feelings of hopelessness, sadness or difficult behaviors, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional.
                                                                  • Early childhood mental health services

                                                                    It’s never too early to think about children’s mental health. For women who are pregnant or parents who have young babies at home, community resources are available in Stark County to support their children’s emotional development.

                                                                    Early childhood mental health is measured by a child’s behavioral well-being, including the capacity to express themselves, form relationships and learn. A baby’s caregiving arrangements, nutrition, safety and physical characteristics all have an impact on their behavioral development.

                                                                    • 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.

                                                                      • Holiday (Christmas) Gifts for Families in Need
                                                                        Some local organizations provide assistance during the holiday season to help bring joy to harder times. View our list of those who can help.
                                                                        • 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.

                                                                          • Childhood neglect and abuse
                                                                            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.
                                                                            • Mental & emotional support for trauma
                                                                              Recovering from a traumatic event isn’t easy. Discovering and developing resiliency and coping skills may be easier with the help of a mental health professional.
                                                                              • Emotional abuse recovery
                                                                                Although emotional abuse hurts just as much as physical abuse, it does not have the same physical signs, and can be harder to identify. For young people in Stark County, abuse could be excessive demands, grueling punishments or constant criticism from parents and loved ones.
                                                                                • 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.
                                                                                  • How Teen Court Benefits Defendants, Participants, the Court and the Community
                                                                                    Teen Court is an alternative to traditional juvenile court & prevents recidivism with youth-to-youth accountability. Learn about its impact on Stark County.
                                                                                    • From a Mom Who Knows: Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

                                                                                      I love to take my children out of the house. Whether it is shopping, the park, going for a walk around the neighborhood, to church, or on an adventure- we are always on the go. However, as a parent of two special needs daughters, both with different needs, this can be a challenge. Having one child with physical disabilities means we must make sure the location is accessible and can be accommodating to our specific needs.

                                                                                      • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to

                                                                                        In 2023, 2-1-1, Stark County’s helpline, transitioned to 

                                                                                        Closing the Stark County information system and online database—that was run by United Way of Greater Stark County—and moving resources to helps streamline the process for community members looking for resources and information.  

                                                                               can help you find community resources available to you and your family. The searchable community resource website is supported by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR),

                                                                                        • Improve Family Dialogs with StarkMHAR Conversation Cards

                                                                                          Once your family is seated around the dinner table, the typical conversation starter is: “So, how was your day?”

                                                                                          And the typical answer? “Fine.”

                                                                                          Getting your child to say anything more can be a lot of work.

                                                                                          But what if you stopped thinking of the child’s attitude as the problem, and started with the question? What if there were some truly interesting questions you could ask your family? And what if they were excited to think about them and answer?

                                                                                          • Navigating the Holidays and Mental Health

                                                                                            While the holidays are celebrated as “the happiest time of the year,” it doesn’t always feel that way. If you, or a loved one, is struggling, the holidays can be hard. If you’re feeling alone, know that there are places in Stark County where you can turn for support and help.

                                                                                            The Holidays and Mental Health

                                                                                            Struggles with mental health and the holidays can equal extra stress. Navigating the two at the same time can be difficult.

                                                                                            • Mental Health Awareness Month Tips: 4 Ways to Participate

                                                                                              Mental Health Awareness Month is observed every May in the United States. It’s a time to recognize that our mental health is part of our overall health, fight stigmas surrounding mental health issues, learn about various issues and policies, and more. Whether or not you are personally dealing with a mental health issue, it is important to find ways to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month.

                                                                                              Here are four Mental Health Awareness Month tips so you can participate and support those around you.

                                                                                              • 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.
                                                                                                • 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?

                                                                                                  • Employment resources
                                                                                                    Whether you are a young person looking for a part-time job, a parent who is out of work or an individual with disabilities planning for independence, resources are available to help you navigate the job search.
                                                                                                    • The Importance of Getting an Opioid Overdose Kit

                                                                                                      As the opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio continued to grow, the Stark County Opiate & Addiction Task Force was created in 2011 to help educate the community and provide necessary resources on opioids. In 2014, Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) was created by the Ohio Health Department to bring together educational and naloxone distribution programs during the opioid epidemic. In order to prevent opioid overdose and to further harm reduction strategies, these organizations provide free overdose kits for anyone in Ohio who wants one.

                                                                                                      • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: A mother and son’s 20-year journey
                                                                                                        I teach about people with disabilities and how Stark DD helps more than 3,900 people, including my son, living in Stark County. Read our story.
                                                                                                        • Health care support
                                                                                                          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.
                                                                                                          • Coming out
                                                                                                            Coming out is when a person acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation or gender identity and starts to share it with others. Coming out can happen at any age, and that is okay. While the situation is different for everyone, it’s important to find resources that help to create a safe, welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ teens and allies.
                                                                                                            • Counseling helps
                                                                                                              Without treatment, mental health symptoms can worsen over time and have a significant impact on an individual’s relationships, career and self-esteem. Working with a professional counselor can help you open up about your feelings and get on a healthy track toward mental health and recovery. Find counseling resources available to support young people in Stark County.
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                                                                                                                • LGBTQ+ People of Color
                                                                                                                  LGBTQ+ people of color can face many forms of oppression. Find helpful resources & tips on being an ally for LGBTQ+ people of color in Stark County.

                                                                                                                  The Pregnancy & Parenting Center

                                                                                                                  Accurate, up-to-date information and pregnancy support:

                                                                                                                  • Pregnancy testing
                                                                                                                  • Limited ultrasound
                                                                                                                  • STD testing
                                                                                                                  • First prenatal visit
                                                                                                                  • Community referrals
                                                                                                                  • Education and resources
                                                                                                                  • Post-abortion counseling
                                                                                                                  • Support Groups
                                                                                                                  4500 22nd St. NW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                                                  Call: (330) 455-7500
                                                                                                                  Text: (330) 961-1772
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                                                                                                                  Parents Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Self-help group encouraging parents to make lasting, effective, positive changes in their lives.

                                                                                                                  142 Arlington Ave. NW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 445-1061
                                                                                                                  National Parent & Youth Helpline: (855) 437-2736
                                                                                                                  National Parent & Youth Helpline: (855) 437-2736
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                                                                                                                  Alliance for Children & Families

                                                                                                                  Emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing (referrals through Homeless Hotline) for individuals and families.


                                                                                                                  • Permanent Supportive Housing Project
                                                                                                                  • Emergency Shelter
                                                                                                                  • Affordable Housing
                                                                                                                  • Ending Domestic & Family Violence through STAMP
                                                                                                                  • Financial Literacy
                                                                                                                  • Health and Wellness
                                                                                                                  624 Scranton Ave.
                                                                                                                  Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 821-6332
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                                                                                                                  The Ken Weber Community Campus At Goodwill

                                                                                                                  Located in downtown Canton, the Campus is home to Goodwill offices and 20 other non-profit organizations that share collaborative outreach to the community and find efficiencies through shared space and services.

                                                                                                                  408 9th St. SW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                                  Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
                                                                                                                  Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
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                                                                                                                  Catholic Charities

                                                                                                                  Emergency rent and utility assistance for Stark County residents: call Monday – Friday between 9 and 10 a.m.

                                                                                                                  Through tangible assistance and other essential services, Catholic Charities affirms human dignity, meets basic human needs, strengthens families, builds communities, and empowers others to transform their lives.

                                                                                                                  800 Market Ave. N
                                                                                                                  Suite 1150
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 491-0896
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                                                                                                                  Providing counseling, support, advocacy, and education with a focus on prevention and treatment in the home, community, office, or telehealth.

                                                                                                                  Additional Program:
                                                                                                                  The Prevent Relapse Occurrence Team with Enhanced Case management and Treatment (Protect) works with juveniles who have shown sexual behavior problems who are not incarcerated or are returning to the community following separation. PROTECT services are designed to work specifically with individuals who have been identified as participating in “sexting” behavior or other minor-related sexual behavioral issues.

                                                                                                                  4579 Everhard Rd NW
                                                                                                                  Suite A
                                                                                                                  North Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                  Phone: (440) 260-6466
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                                                                                                                  Help Me Grow-Home Visiting

                                                                                                                  Home Visiting is a voluntary, home-based program offered at no cost to your family.  Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a compassionate approach that offers information and support during pregnancy, and empowers you as the parent with skills, tools, and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of your child through the earliest years – a critical time of development.

                                                                                                                  WHO SHOULD BE REFERRED?

                                                                                                                  Pregnant women and families with young children.Supporting first-time parents with home visiting services for children up to 3 years old

                                                                                                                  WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
                                                                                                                  6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                                                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                  Phone: 330-492-8136, ext. 1480
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                                                                                                                  Restoration Place

                                                                                                                  Peer support for parents in Stark County.

                                                                                                                  Amherst Community Church, 8650 Beatty St. NW
                                                                                                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 837-6519
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                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                  Loving Choice

                                                                                                                  Providing free, confidential help and guidance to parents considering placing their child for adoption.

                                                                                                                  625 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 994-1451
                                                                                                                  Learn more

                                                                                                                  JRC Learning Center

                                                                                                                  Early child care services for children whose parents are working to further their educations.

                                                                                                                  2213 14th St. NE
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44705
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330)-454-3471
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                                                                                                                  Early Childhood Center

                                                                                                                  Nurtures young children, ages 3 to 5, as they begin to spend a few hours away from their homes, parents and familiar surroundings.

                                                                                                                  301 Portage St. NW
                                                                                                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 497-5608
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                                                                                                                  Day Reporting

                                                                                                                  A jail diversion program offering a variety of services and programs for offenders, including:

                                                                                                                  • Chemical dependency treatment
                                                                                                                  • Parenting groups
                                                                                                                  • Community service opportunities
                                                                                                                  201 Cleveland Ave. SW
                                                                                                                  Suite 101
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 451-7036
                                                                                                                  Fax: (330)-477-8128
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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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                                                                                                                  Stark Community Support Network

                                                                                                                  Community safety net linking families to resources and social services.

                                                                                                                  • Community Support Services (Mental Health & Substance/Alcohol Abuse) – Identify, Link, and Support individuals and families through the mental health and alcohol and substance abuse system.
                                                                                                                  • Community Response Team (Trauma Care and Community Violence) – Refer, Assist, and Advocate for individuals and/or families experiencing trauma.
                                                                                                                  • Infant Mortality (THRIVE) – Identify and Support women through their pregnancies to reduce infant mortality.
                                                                                                                  Learn more

                                                                                                                  Alliance Pregnancy Center

                                                                                                                  These confidential, cost-free services include:

                                                                                                                  • Abortion Information
                                                                                                                  • Adoption Agency Referrals
                                                                                                                  • Adoption Information
                                                                                                                  • Maternity & Infant Supplies
                                                                                                                  • Medical Referrals
                                                                                                                  • Parenting Education
                                                                                                                  • Post-Abortion Support
                                                                                                                  • Pregnancy Options Information
                                                                                                                  • Pregnancy Tests
                                                                                                                  • STD/STI Information
                                                                                                                  • Support for Men
                                                                                                                  • Ultrasound (Onsite)*
                                                                                                                  75 Glamorgan St.
                                                                                                                  Suite 102
                                                                                                                  Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 821-7283
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                                                                                                                  Give an Hour

                                                                                                                  Give an Hour is a nonprofit with a mission to develop national networks of volunteer professionals to respond to acute and chronic conditions, providing those in need with help and hope. Provide a number of peer support group programs including:

                                                                                                                  • Mass Violence
                                                                                                                  • Military
                                                                                                                  • Military Family
                                                                                                                  • Interpersonal Violence
                                                                                                                  • Parent
                                                                                                                  • Financial Fraud
                                                                                                                  • Rare Caregiver
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                                                                                                                  Aultman Hospital

                                                                                                                  The largest hospital in Stark County.

                                                                                                                  Emergency Room provides services for individuals with urgent health care concerns. Also a place for parents to safely and legally give their babies up.

                                                                                                                  Aultman Serenity Program provides medical forensic nursing care to individuals impacted by violence. Including individuals that have experienced: abuse and neglect, domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault.

                                                                                                                  Offer grief support groups, more details online here.

                                                                                                                  2600 6th St. SW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44710
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 452-9911
                                                                                                                  Emergency Room: (330) 363-6203
                                                                                                                  Emergency Room: (330) 363-6203
                                                                                                                  Hours: 24/7
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                                                                                                                  Stark County Fatherhood Coalition

                                                                                                                  The mission of the Stark County Fatherhood Coalition is to encourage fathers to take an active and positive role in their child’s life, and to promote and sponsor activities designed to strengthen families.

                                                                                                                  The Coalition holds monthly meetings at the Goodwill Community Campus on the second Thursday of each month at 10am. If you would like additional information please call 330-451-8477. You can also visit us on Facebook

                                                                                                                  Download the following documents for helpful information:

                                                                                                                  Goodwill Community Campus, 408 9th St. SW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                                  Hours: Second Thursday of the month – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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                                                                                                                  Pathway Caring for Children

                                                                                                                  Pathway is a private agency working with 14 Northeast Ohio Counties. A patient and loving home can make a world of a difference for a child coming from a troubled background. We walk you through every step of your foster care or foster-to-adopt journey. Being a foster parent takes resilience, creativity, flexibility, humor, and love. There is so much room for healing. YOU will be that soft landing spot as children begin to pick up the broken pieces of their lives.

                                                                                                                  4895 Dressler Rd. NW
                                                                                                                  Suite A
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 493-0083
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                                                                                                                  United Way of Greater Stark County

                                                                                                                  Offers an Auto Repair Program through a partnership with Department of Job & Family Services

                                                                                                                  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to help individuals file free tax returns

                                                                                                                  401 Market Ave N
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 491-0445
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                                                                                                                  Help Me Grow-Early Intervention

                                                                                                                  Concerned about your child’s development? Act Early!
                                                                                                                  If you’re concerned that a child may have a delay or disability, it’s important to refer them for Early Intervention as soon as possible. Early Intervention can address all types of concerns, like crawling or walkingspeech delays, or social interaction like playing with other children.
                                                                                                                  Early Intervention is available in every part of the state and to any eligible child,
                                                                                                                  6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                                                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                  Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                                                                                                  Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                                                                                                  Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
                                                                                                                  Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
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                                                                                                                  Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Alliance

                                                                                                                  Mental and behavioral health services for Alliance children and families.

                                                                                                                  SERVICES AT A GLANCE UNDER ALL PROGRAMS

                                                                                                                  Prevention and Consultation: Prevention services are designed to reduce risk factors, increase resiliency and prevent the development of further at-risk behavior. Mental health service providers offer consultation to administrators, teachers, parents or other adults to recommend behavior modification strategies and to provide support or suggestions.


                                                                                                                  Diagnostic Assessment: A mental health professional conducts a diagnostic assessment to determine whether a child or youth has a mental health disorder by gathering information about the child’s life situation,

                                                                                                                  Parkway Learning & Development Center
                                                                                                                  1490 Parkway Blvd
                                                                                                                  Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 823-5335
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                                                                                                                  Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

                                                                                                                  Provides a monthly benefit up to $30 (up to $75/month on Tribal lands) for broadband internet. – Provides a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50.).

                                                                                                                  INTAKE PROCEDURE
                                                                                                                  – Customers can sign up online at or sign up via mail.
                                                                                                                  – To learn more or to get a mail-in application, call the ACP Support Center at 1-877-384-2575 from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily.
                                                                                                                  Toll-Free: 1-888-225-5322
                                                                                                                  Toll-Free: 1-888-225-5322
                                                                                                                  Hours: Daily: 9:00am to 9:00pm. Closed federal holidays.
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                                                                                                                  Honor Court

                                                                                                                  Providing active-duty service members and veterans with mentoring and support services as they complete probation.

                                                                                                                  101 West Tuscarawas St.
                                                                                                                  2nd Floor
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 451-7708
                                                                                                                  Mentor Program: (330) 754-8007
                                                                                                                  Mentor Program: (330) 754-8007
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                                                                                                                  The Concern

                                                                                                                  Clothing assistance for residents of Sebring and West Branch Schools. Closed on Friday and Sunday.

                                                                                                                  125 West Ohio Ave.
                                                                                                                  Sebring, OH 44672
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 938-9737  
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                                                                                                                  R & R Counseling Center

                                                                                                                  Our focus is on the American Counseling Association (ACA) Principles.  We strive to treat every client individually with dignity and a focus to do no harm.  We promote positive mental health and well-being.  We value fairness and equality.  We recognize trust as a big responsibility, and we aspire for openness and honesty to achieve that.  We offer counseling services in the areas of couples and marriage, family, child and adolescents, adults, trauma, and addictions.  We provide individual and group sessions.

                                                                                                                  2400 Wales Ave NW
                                                                                                                  Ste F
                                                                                                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 880-0115
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                                                                                                                  Appeals Court

                                                                                                                  Receives all the paperwork and filings from the juvenile, municipal, probate and common pleas courts.

                                                                                                                  110 Central Plaza South
                                                                                                                  Suite 690
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 451-7801
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                                                                                                                  Clerk of Courts

                                                                                                                  Files, dockets, indexes and preserves all civil, domestic relation and felony criminal case court pleadings, as well as collects and pays out court fines and costs.

                                                                                                                  115 Central Plaza North
                                                                                                                  Suite 101
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Stark County Courthouse : (330) 451-77801
                                                                                                                  Stark County Courthouse : (330) 451-77801
                                                                                                                  Stark County Office Building : (330) 451-7755
                                                                                                                  Stark County Office Building : (330) 451-7755
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                                                                                                                  Re-Entry Court

                                                                                                                  Providing transitional support for felony offenders as they return to society, including:

                                                                                                                  • Help with housing
                                                                                                                  • Employment services
                                                                                                                  • Anger management programs
                                                                                                                  • Sex offender treatment

                                                                                                                  Offer a yearlong program with four phases that begins during sentencing and continues throughout the transfer to a correctional facility, during incarceration and as the individual transitions back into the community.

                                                                                                                  201 Cleveland Ave. SW
                                                                                                                  Suite 105
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 451-7186
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                                                                                                                  Camp Country Day

                                                                                                                  Camps where children can feel safe to explore their interests in technology, sports, nature and the arts.

                                                                                                                  3000 Demington Ave. NW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 453-8279
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                                                                                                                  Stark County Civil Court

                                                                                                                  The Stark County Civil Court collects, records and/or issues this paperwork:

                                                                                                                  • Foreclosures, business disputes and personal injury
                                                                                                                  • Ohio sales and income tax records
                                                                                                                  • Certificates of judgement and subpoenas
                                                                                                                  115 Central Plaza N
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 451-7801
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                                                                                                                  CommQuest Canton

                                                                                                                  Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, education and employment services, detox, hot meals, social center

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                                                                                                                  Stark State College

                                                                                                                  Education options for adults in Stark County.

                                                                                                                  Kids’ College: An education-based summer program designed to stimulate creativity and provide unique learning opportunities on a college campus.

                                                                                                                  Massage Therapy Clinic: Free once-a-month therapeutic massages offered to veterans through the Hands for Heroes program.

                                                                                                                  6200 Frank Ave. NW
                                                                                                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 494-6170
                                                                                                                  Massage Therapy Clinic: (330) 494-6170, ext. 4725
                                                                                                                  Massage Therapy Clinic: (330) 494-6170, ext. 4725
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                                                                                                                  NAMI Stark County

                                                                                                                  Mental illness can be extremely isolating and it’s not uncommon to lose friends along the way. This is a chance to meet new people. Support Groups are free to attend and no registration is required.

                                                                                                                  Support Groups for those impacted by mental illness, family members and natural supports. Help is available; you are not alone!

                                                                                                                  Visit for updated Zoom links. All groups meet virtually.

                                                                                                                  • Friday Peer Support Group (Adults with Mental Illness): 7:00 PM – Group meets weekly Friday
                                                                                                                  • Tuesday Peer Support Group (Adults with Mental Illness): 7:00 PM – Group meets weekly Tuesday
                                                                                                                  • Sunday Night Support Group (Peers and Family Members): 7:00 PM – Group meets weekly Sunday
                                                                                                                  • Monday Family Support Group (Family Members) No Group July – August: 7:00 PM – Groups meets weekly Monday
                                                                                                                  • Wednesday Let’s Talk Support Group (Family Members and Peers with Mental Illness/Substance Abuse) No Group July – August: 7:00 PM – Group meets weekly Wednesday


                                                                                                                  121 Cleveland Ave SW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 455-6264
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                                                                                                                  Compassion Church

                                                                                                                  Offer Faith Thru The Journey, a Cancer Support Group. First Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in Room 204.

                                                                                                                  1920 Schneider St. NE
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44721
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 497-3166
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                                                                                                                  COMPASS Rape Crisis

                                                                                                                  24/7 Confidential Hotline: 330-452-1111

                                                                                                                  Mental health, counseling, and case management services for all survivors of rape and sexual assault

                                                                                                                  Confidential Hotline
                                                                                                                  Hospital Advocacy
                                                                                                                  Justice System Advocacy

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                                                                                                                  Community Harvest

                                                                                                                  Excess food donations for Stark County residents in need. 

                                                                                                                  4915 Fulton Dr. NW
                                                                                                                  Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 493-0800
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                                                                                                                  CommQuest Alliance

                                                                                                                  CommQuest Alliance Outpatient

                                                                                                                  Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, and rape crisis

                                                                                                                  1207 West State St.
                                                                                                                  Suites F & M
                                                                                                                  Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 821-8407
                                                                                                                  Fax: (330) 821-8506
                                                                                                                  Stark County Sexual Assault Hotline - to connect to Alliance Rape Crisis Program: (330) 452-1111
                                                                                                                  Stark County Sexual Assault Hotline - to connect to Alliance Rape Crisis Program: (330) 452-1111
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                                                                                                                  Lake Community YMCA

                                                                                                                  Affordable before and after school care.

                                                                                                                  428 King Church Ave. SW
                                                                                                                  Uniontown, OH 44685
                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 877-8933
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                                                                                                                  Community Health Care

                                                                                                                  Multiple locations including Massillon, Canal Fulton and Louisville

                                                                                                                  6724 Wales Avenue NW
                                                                                                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                  Phone: 330-837-4264
                                                                                                                  Phone: 330-837-4264
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                                                                                                                  SAM Center Commissary

                                                                                                                  Serving Area Military (SAM) is a group of veteran supporters that have come together to be the conduit of the community’s love for our veterans. 

                                                                                                                  413 Lincoln Way E
                                                                                                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                  Phone: 330-956-6162
                                                                                                                  Phone: 330-956-6162
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                                                                                                                  A Community Christmas

                                                                                                                  Stark County families can receive toys, food vouchers, gift cards, clothing, books and Christmas decorations.

                                                                                                                  2023 Deadline to apply is through November 3rd. Click here for application information.

                                                                                                                  Phone: (330) 454-3841
                                                                                                                  Fax: (330) 454-1117
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                                                                                                                  CommQuest Massillon

                                                                                                                  Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, family housing, male residential addiction treatment, driver intervention program

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