Children with incarcerated parents

Having a parent in prison can have a significant impact on a child’s mental and behavioral health. These children often face challenges, including changes in family structure, financial instability, shame and social stigma. To help reduce the risk for negative outcomes, such as depression, substance use and criminal behavior, it is important for communities to wrap around children with incarcerated parents.

Child safety & support

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Services to reduce risk factors and increase resiliency:
  • Case management
  • Diagnostic mental health assessments
  • Medication management
4641 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: 330-433-6075

CommQuest Services

Strengthening families through mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
625 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-0374
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ohio Guidestone

Providing counseling, support, advocacy and education with a focus on prevention and treatment.
401 Tuscarawas St. W
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (440) 234-2006
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stark Community Support Network

Community safety net linking families to resources and social services.
1221 Harrisburg Rd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 455-2260
Hot meal programs

Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank

Network of food pantry and hot meal sites.
350 Opportunity Pkwy.
Akron, OH 44307
Phone: (330) 535-6900

Community Harvest

Excess food donations for Stark County residents in need. 
4915 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 493-0800

Meals on Wheels: North Canton

Delivers prepared meals to North Canton residents in need.
7707 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44721
Phone: (330) 494-0366
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio

Provides food donations to individuals who are homebound due to age, illness or disability, with no eligibility requirements.
2363 Nave Rd. SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Toll free: 1 (800) 466-8010
Local: (330) 515-5605

The Salvation Army: Food Pantry

Regional food bank offering free canned goods and fresh groceries. 
420 Market Ave. S
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0159
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Salvation Army: Meals Program

Local food program offering hot, nutritious meals and opportunities for social interaction.
420 Market Ave. S
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0159
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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stark County Hunger Task Force

Network of more than 30 food pantries throughout Stark County.
408 9th St. SW
Suite 1637
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 455-6667
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Homeless & housing

Stark County Homeless Hotline

Referring individuals to free community shelters and other local housing programs.
Phone: (330) 452-4363
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8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Legal advocacy & guidance

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/ Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

Representing the rights and interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in Stark County.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 436
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7914

Mediation Services

Coordinator serving as a liaison between families and the court.
110 Central Plaza S
Suite 670
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7435

Stark County Bar Association

Referrals for people who have questions or need legal advice but do not know where to turn for a lawyer.
116 Cleveland Ave. NW
Suite 400
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0685
Attorney referrals: (330) 453-0686
Attorney referrals: (330) 453-0686

Stark County Family Court

Legal services for child custody, behavioral health and domestic relations cases. Visit their website for more information.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 670
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7415
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Medical health resources

Akron Children’s Hospital: North Canton

Pediatric health provider for children in Stark County:
  • Primary care
  • Home care
  • Surgical services
  • Clinical services
  • Financial services
6046 Whipple Ave. NW
Building B
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 433-1777
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8:30 am - 12:00 pm

American Red Cross: Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter

Health and safety services for Stark County families.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 453-0146

Aultman Physicians Center Clinic

Aultman-affiliated office providing internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecological care.
2600 7th St. SW
Canton, OH 44710
Phone: (330) 363-6235

Canton Community Clinic

Medical services provided on a free and sliding scale.
2725 Lincoln St. E
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 454-2000

Canton Family Medicine

Residency-based, family medicine office caring for patients of all ages.
2600 7th St. SW
Canton, OH 44710
Phone: (330) 438-6211
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Shipley Child Health Clinic

Community health service programs and comprehensive health care for children.
919 2nd St. NE
Canton, OH 44704
Phone: (330) 453-3386

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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Mental health referrals

United Way of Greater Stark County

Instantly connect with health and social services throughout Stark County.
Hotline: 211
Hotline: 211
Hours: 24/7 guidance
Resources & guides

Youth.gov

Find support for parents, teachers, law enforcement, case workers, clinical professionals and more as they care for children with incarcerated parents.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Learn strategies to reduce negative outcomes for children with a parent in prison, including poverty, poor academic performance, aggression, depression, delinquency and substance use.

Sesame Street Incarceration Toolkit

The incarceration of a loved one can be overwhelming for children and caregivers. It takes special effort to start important conversations and answer kids’ questions. This toolkit can help you comfort children through these difficult moments.