Our History & Vision
Our History & Vision Details
We are the provider of choice in mental, emotional and behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents and families. Our qualified, caring team produces superior outcomes using innovative and proven approaches. We relieve suffering and strengthen Ohio families through integrated services, collaboration and advocacy.
Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) was established in 1939 by The Junior League of Akron, as ‘Child Guidance Center’ to provide ‘mental hygiene’ for children. The purpose then and now continues to be to relieve the suffering of children who face mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges.
In 1991, The American Association of Psychiatric Services named CG&FS as ‘The Nation’s Outstanding Child Mental Health Center.' In 1993 the ‘Remember the Children’, program was developed to address the needs of children of divorce. The program was recognized by the International Family Therapy Association, the National Association for Community Leadership, the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children, and continues to be an integral program of the Domestic Relations Court to ensure that the issues of divorcing parents do not overlook the needs of the child during this stressful time.
In 2003, Akron Child Guidance merged with Family Solutions to become Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS), combining the rich histories of these two organizations into one that is able to serve the whole family – parents, children and guardians – in a seamless way. Since that merger, the new CG&FS increased the efficiency of delivering its vital behavioral healthcare, and achieved greater cost effectiveness by reducing overhead and eliminating redundant administration and duplicated services.
In 2012, CG&FS was named as one of the “50 Best NonProfits to Work For” in the U.S. by the NonProfit Times – for the third consecutive year. Additionally, we were awarded an NEO success Award from Inside Business Magazine in 2013, the third time for this achievement.
In 2012, Dr. Steven Jewell, Vice-President & Medical Officer, was named “Exemplary Psychiatrist Award Winner” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Jewell was recognized for his ‘exceptional dedication to people living with mental illness.’ In 2013, Dr. Jewell was acknowledged as an Outstanding Faculty Member by Northeastern Ohio Medical College (NEOMED), recognized for his “loyalty and commitment and his tireless efforts on behalf of [their] medical students.” And in 2015, Dr. Jewell was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Currently we accommodate nearly 2000 visits from children and families each week in our offices, and each week we provide services to over 400 adults there. We offer crisis services 24-7-365 to ensure that children and families who find themselves in an emergency have somewhere to turn for help.
We have staff providing services to several thousand more children through eight public school districts in Summit County (Akron, Barberton, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Green, Hudson, Norton and Stow), and at over 40 preschools throughout the area. In February 2013, CG&FS was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health to conduct its Toddlers & Pre-schools Succeeding program to early childhood educators and pre-school staff in 16 counties throughout Ohio as part of a larger “Race to the Top” federal grant that the State received.