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A Family Support Center for residents of the Akron School District has assisted 185 families and individuals since it began operating in October 1997.

The program, co-funded by the East Hill Foundation of Akron and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, works with several agencies to identify resources available to remedy problems, provide services or make referrals.

The center also has a close working relationship with the Akron/Newstead Health Connection, located in Akron's Family Care Center on Main Street.

In the last year, 69 families and individuals were new referrals, according to a recent report. Of those, guidance counselors and teachers referred 23, and 19 were parent-initiated on the recommendation of the administrative staff.

Of 113 receiving services, 58 referrals involved students from the middle/high school, 48 were students from the elementary school, 11 were individuals and/or couples who had no children in school, and 18 were classified by the Committee on Special Education.

The Family Support Center, which works collaboratively with the community to address critical issues, consults regularly with school administration and staff.

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