About Pathway

Pathway's  History 

Founded in 1973 by Jim and Velma Bridges, Pathway Caring for Children is a private, non-profit social service agency. Jim worked as a social worker during college and watched young foster children move from home to home. He believed there was a better way to help abused, neglected and abandoned children. He began to envision a community based program that would provide support and training to foster families, so that these families could live through problems, and staff, parents, and children could work together as a team.  With just four boys in a group home on Spring Ave. in Canton, Pathway began its humble beginnings.

In the words of our founder, “I count myself as one of the most fortunate people in the world, because I have been able to see my dreams come true. That's something that does not happen to most people. That long ago vision—to provide places where foster children can live through their problems with people committed to them—is happening every day now at Pathway.” -Jim Bridges

Today, Pathway continues to live out Jim's vision of empowering the children and families we serve.

Pathway Founders Jim and Velma Bridges

The current unrest and demands for change require that we all participate.

Please take some time to read the statement from Pathway.



Our mission is to help children and families realize the possibilities of their lives through foster care, adoption, and counseling.


Strengthening the lives of children and families. 


7 Values

1. Love

2. Recognize

3. Respect

4. Security

5. Success

6. Responsibility

7. Personal Involvement

 Pathway Today ​​

  • 1,000+ mental health clients, including community and school-based in Beacon Academy, Brown Local, Fairless Local,  Heritage Christian, Osnaburg Local, and West Branch Local Schools.

  • Serving children and families in 14 counties:  Ashtabula, Carroll, Cuyahoga, Columbiana, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.

  • Over 812 hours of support services to families who have adopted or are providing kinship care through support groups, respite, education, and consultation.

  • 146 Volunteers provided 1,351 hours of support in the last year.

  • 6 Pathway Locations in Brook Park, Canton, Millersburg, Minerva, and Sebring, OH.

Join Our Mission

Empower over 1,000 Northeast Ohio Children and Families
Teens forming friendships at TRUST Camp
Pathway Caring for Children

Canton/Administrative Office 

4895 Dressler Rd NW Suite A

Canton, OH 44718

Phone: 330.493.0083

Cleveland Office

25300 Lorain Rd Suite 330

North Olmsted, OH 44070

Phone: 440.586.8202

Get Monthly Updates

Toll Free: 1.800.838.7284

Email: info@pathwaycfc.org

Website: www.pathwaycfc.org

Pathway is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Pathway is funded in part by United Way of Greater Stark County, and is a Stark Mental Health Addiction Recovery provider www.StarkMHAR.org Pathway is also a member of the Ohio Children’s Alliance.

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