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Pathway Caring for Children

aka Pathway   |   Canton, OH   |  www.pathwaycfc.org

Mission

Pathway Caring for Children’s mission is to help children and families realize the possibilities of their lives through foster care, adoption, and mental health.

Notes from the nonprofit

Jim and Velma Bridges founded Pathway Caring for Children in 1973. We have grown from our humble beginnings as one group home for four boys to a full-service agency meeting the foster care, adoption, and mental health needs of over 1200 children and their families. In 2023, Pathway celebrated a half-century of serving vulnerable children and families in Northeast Ohio. Our anniversary theme was Heres to 50 More as we look to the future to continue to provide vital services in our community.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Wendy Tracy

Main address

4895 Dressler Rd NW Suite A

Canton, OH 44718 USA

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EIN

23-7244648

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Foster Care (P32)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Foster and Foster to Adopt

Pathway Caring for Children’s therapeutic and family foster care program provides care for children ages birth to18 years old who are in the custody of Northeast Ohio county child protective services agencies.

A patient and loving foster home can make a world of a difference for a child coming from a troubled background. Our Intake team works on making the best fit for the child and the foster or foster to adopt family. We provide our foster parents with 24-hour support to ensure stability and ease. Respite care is another support available to our foster families. Respite care is a program designed to provide full time foster families relief by allowing the foster child to visit another foster family’s home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents

Pathway offers caring, innovative, and confidential mental health services. Our therapists are committed to forming an individualized plan that may include individual or group therapy, support groups, or case management in an effort to bring about positive change and growth.

We are sensitive to the fact that many of our clients have experienced some type of traumatic event in their lives and changes to their mental health. We understand the strong impact trauma has on a person’s physical, emotional, mental, and social experiences. Our professional team of Trauma-Certified therapists and social workers use specialized approaches to promote open communication and to help develop healthy coping skills through confidential counseling services.

We are committed to providing individualized services to all children, adolescents and families in the community - including school-based counseling and case management.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Foster and adoptive children
Transitioning children
Parents

Pathway Caring for Children's goal is to support families in building trusting and lasting relationships for a lifetime.

Adoptive and kinship families experience unique challenges, including loss, identity problems and control issues. At Pathway, we offer these families specialized support through our Family Empowerment program. Our holistic approach involves looking at the whole child and the whole family.

We help parents become trauma-competent, healing caregivers who take an active role in helping their children, and their families, heal.

We offer Family Empowerment which provides specialized case management for parents and families. Family Empowerment teaches and guides parents in implementing parenting strategies that have proven effective in building trusting, healthy relationships.

Pathway also offers special workshops and training sessions to adoptive parents, as well as helpful support, direction, and connection to resources.

Population(s) Served

Pathway provides prevention and therapeutic services for populations across the lifespan. Services are multi-faceted and include individualized strategies, group education, skill building and early identification of children at risk for future mental health or substance abuse issues. The focus of these services is on the prevention of future problems while promoting protective factors and social/emotional competence.

Programming addresses the increasing needs of children and families who are experiencing significant stressors that are impacting the overall well-being of the entire family. Therapeutic programming within the community and the child’s natural environments provides restorative support. Children and families receive evidence-based best practices that promote the use of effective problem-solving strategies and behavioral regulation while providing support to strengthen relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Foster and adoptive children
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Foster and adoptive children

Pathway Caring for Children staff work individually and in groups with teens ages 14-21 to develop goals in gaining necessary life skills for teens transitioning to life on their own.

Teens work one-on-one with a case manager and their guardian, if appropriate, to set goals based on their Casey Life Skills Assessment results. These results determine areas where teens excel, as well as areas that need to be strengthened. These may include daily living, self-care, relationships and communication, housing and money management, work and study life, career and education planning, as well as long term goals. Many teens miss out on learning the life skills they need to live on their own. Case managers provide opportunities for hands on learning and support in real-life situations.

Pathway is a Bridges provider, helping young adults ages 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system. Bridges is a voluntary program and provides guidance and support as they transition to adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Young adults
Young adults
Adolescents
Foster and adoptive children
Adolescent parents

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Affiliations & memberships

Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services 2014

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

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Diane Schultz

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female

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