Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CGFS) is a behavioral health agency in Northeast Ohio serving children, teens, adults and families with mental health concerns.

We offer specialty services in areas including anxiety and depression, trauma, family counseling, early childhood education, crisis intervention, sexual behavior problems, early treatment of psychosis and refugee adjustment. 

We Meet You Where You Are

Our clinicians meet you where you are – in our Summit County CG&FS offices, in pediatricians’ offices, on-site in elementary, middle, and high schools, in your home, at child care centers – wherever is most convenient for you. 

We also offer group counseling on topics including parenting, school fucntioning, combating bullying, self-esteem, social skills, and emotional regulation skills. 

We have a staff of more than 150 mental health professionals – child psychiatrists, psychiatric advanced practice nurses, therapists, and therapeutic behavior specialists. 

We Encourage Early Learning Success

To encourage early learning success, we offer the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) Program in selected preschools, Building Resililence in Children (BRIC) in grades K-2, and Incredible Years Group (IY®) in an attempt to reduce the number of children with challenging classroom behaviors which put them at risk of being expelled from preschool.  

Our mental healthcare services are nationally recognized, based on evidence of their effectiveness, and are available to children and families when they have the greatest need. 

Child Guidance & Family Solutions is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and is accredited by The Joint Commission, having earned its Gold Seal of Approval.

Please browse this website or call us at (330) 762-0591 for more information about how we can help you and your family to be happier, healthier, and more whole. 

We Believe in the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CGFS) subscribes to and firmly believes in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, not only as a cultural principle but also as a guiding operational North Star. Learn more about our DEI statement and action plan.

Our Mission

We are a nationally recognized leader providing innovative and effective mental health services, integrated care of mind and body through strategic partnerships, sustainable programs that enrich communities, and advocacy of the health of youth, adults, and families.

Our Vision

A vibrant community of healthy individuals and families achieving their fullest potential.

Our History

What is now Child Guidance & Family Solutions began in the late 1930s as Child Guidance Center. It was established by a community group, The Junior League of Akron, to “provide mental hygiene for children.” The Agency was later known as Akron Child Guidance Centers and in 2003, merged with Family Solutions to become Child Guidance & Family Solutions, serving the entire family – children, teens, adults, and families.

We are Recognized Locally, Regionally and Nationally

Child Guidance & Family Solutions has enjoyed local, regional and national recognition for its service quality. The Agency is recognized for its home-based services, its innovative partnership programs addressing the needs of individuals with early-onset psychosis, and its evidence-based programs addressing the social-emotional learning needs of young children.

Today, Child Guidance & Family Solutions serves more than 8,000 individuals every year, wherever they are – in our office locations, in schools, in pediatricians’ offices, in childcare centers, and in client homes. 

Explore our Services and Programs to learn more about the many ways we can help you, your child, your family, and our community to address mental health concerns.


Any concerns about patient safety and quality of care can be directed either to the CGFS Director of Quality & Compliance, Dr. Timothy Bartlett, at 330-762-0591, or to our accrediting body, The Joint Commission. There are three ways to contact The Joint Commission:

  • At, use the “Report a Patient Safety Event” link in the “Action Center” on the home page of the website
  • By fax to 330-792-5636
  • By mail to Office of Quality and Patient Safety, The Joint Commission, One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
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