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The Family Resource Center serves as a hub, a place where families can connect with various staff from Akron Children’s and community organizations to access valuable resources and information. It is dedicated to strengthening families and nurturing brighter futures. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 330-543-9674.

Open Monday – Friday  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A librarian is available to help families better understand their child’s health by providing reliable, easy-to-understand information. We can assemble a personalized packet of information on topics you need written for children, teens, adults and speakers of other languages.  Call us at (330) 543-8180 or email us at

Book Collection

Search our lending library of books on many pediatric health topics from asthma to potty training, genetics to mental health. We have books for children, teens, adults and Spanish speakers. The link above takes you to a list of subject areas.  Click the subject you are interested in to see those book titles.

Visit our library to check out these books for 2 weeks or more.

Health Education Lesson Plan Kits

Health Education Plan Kits (HELP Kits) are “lessons in a box” for teachers, scouts, church groups or anyone to use. These creative, hands-on kits contain multiple activities, children’s books, props, DVD’s and more to teach kids about a variety of health topics.  HELP Kits are designed for preschool to grade 12. Kits are available free of charge and can be checked out for two weeks or more.  Call us at (330) 543-8180 to reserve a kit.


We have partnered with KidsHealth to provide you with videos, articles, slideshows, health instructions and more. Empower yourself with updated, reliable health information to become an active participant on your child’s health care team. This content is written for children, teens, parents and Spanish speakers.

Akron Children’s Family Library honors Dr. Louis Lame, who was a well-respected pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital. Upon his retirement in 1986, grateful patients and families established the Lame Fund as a tribute to his many years of devoted service. Contributions to the Lame Fund help keep the materials current. Contact the Children’s Hospital Foundation at (330) 543-8340 if you would like to make a donation.

Patient relations helps families navigate through Akron Children’s, providing guidance, and often exercise reflective listening as parents voice their concerns at difficult times.  

Should you need to reach someone outside of office hours, please email:

Akron Children’s care coordinators and social workers empower families with knowledge and resources to improve their family’s overall well-being. We can help families coordinate with complex medical and social needs, connect you to valuable resources and provide health education.

We provide interpreting services for our non-English speaking families, as well as those who are visually or hearing impaired. 

Learn more about our services.

Business Center

We offer computers, printers and internet access to help keep you connected to your workplace during your child’s stay at the hospital.  Call the Family Resource Center at 330-543-9674 or stop in to schedule time in our business center. 

Computer Access

If you need to check your personal email or schedule an appointment for your child, call 330-543-9674 or stop by the Family Resource Center to schedule time to use one of our computers. There is also a charging station to recharge devices.  

Summit County Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS):  

Case managers can assist families with applying for or renewing: 

  • Childcare assistance 
  • Medicaid (medical assistance)
  • SNAP (food assistance) 
  • TANF (temporary cash assistance) 

A case manager is on site at Akron Children's on Thursdays. No appointment is necessary. Program eligibility and income guidelines apply.

Summit County WIC Clinic - opening May 23

WIC serves income eligible pregnant women, women who recently had a baby, breastfeeding women and infants and children up to the age of 5 years old. Participants are provided: 

  • Supplemental food and formula on a WIC EBT card to use at approved WIC vendors 
  • Nutrition counseling and education with a dietitian 
  • Periodic growth and hemoglobin checks 
  • Breastfeeding support through a peer program 
  • Referrals to community partners and services 

A WIC representative will be available every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, call 330-812-3770 or go to

United Way of Summit & Medina 

Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) staff can assist families with free financial counseling services:

  • Budgeting
  • Reducing debt
  • Increasing credit scores
  • Increasing savings
  • Connection to other UWSM direct and community referral services
  • Tax preparation – coming in 2025

A United Way FEC Financial Counselor is on site at Akron Children’s every Wednesday. Use this link to schedule an appointment to meet with a financial counselor.

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