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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website contains information on a wide range of relevant teen issues, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, safety, developmental stages and more.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Provides traditional and therapeutic foster care services in and around the central Ohio region, supports those who are interested in adopting through the Foster Care System with pre- and post-adoption support services. They offer Help Me Grow home visits and early intervention programs that serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities are available. Also YAS provides community respite services for families and caregivers to offer relief during difficult times, including emergency situations.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 258-9927

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY) of Ohio

SAFY Family Preservation services allow children at risk of abuse and neglect to reside safely with their families as an alternative to foster care. Their therapeutic foster care (TFC) services support youth from infant to age 18+ with behavioral health challenges and special medical needs including autism. They also provides services and support to match them to adoptive homes, promote healthy development and prepare youth emancipating from the foster care and/or juvenile justice system, and offer in-home and community-based behavioral health services.
4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Intake: (888) 590-7239 or (614) 729-2024

Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA)

Professionals work with teens and young adults with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County. Infants and children up to 5 years old may attend classes that focus on child development, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. Services may also be provided in the home. Also provides services for parents of children enrolled in their Head Start program. This includes their Fatherhood Project, which offers parenting education and support for fathers, GED preparation, literacy tutoring, college advising, ESOL classes, computer classes and more.
300 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1709

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for parents of kids of all ages (infants to young adults) and abilities. Classes include: basic babysitter training, topics on babysitting raising and parenting children with hearing impairments, ADHD, autism, special needs, developmental disabilities, diabetes and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

St. Vincent Family Foster Care

Provides foster care program. To become a Foster Parent one needs to be able to provide a safe, nurturing and loving home for the child or group of siblings. They provide training classes that teach about foster parenting, expectations, working with the family of origin and working with support staff. St. Vincent Family Center also provides behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment services to children and families in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731

St. Vincent Family Center Therapeutic Programs

All these programs work with children who have behavior, emotional and/or social challenges. Their staff works closely with parents/caregivers to identify child and family strengths.

    • Therapeutic Preschool Program: Work with children ages 3 to 6.
    • Therapeutic School Age Program: The goal of the program is for children, once returned to a regular school setting, to successfully maintain their behavior and academic performance.
    • Therapeutic Afterschool Program: Services youth from 5-1/2 to 12 year of age. It is group-based; designed to prevent out-of-home placement or to aid in the transition from a more to less restrictive setting.

1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 824-5437, ask for Intake

Central Ohio Youth for Christ City Life Center

Offers free faith-based programs for at-risk teens ages 16 to 18 in the Franklinton area. They provide free childcare to children of teen moms participating in online school program hours, transportation, as well as life skills training, career counseling, leadership groups and help for teen parents.
40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 410-1898

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including parenting classes and information about choosing quality child care. Also assists people who operate home-based childcare. Their website provides free resources for people living in 7 central Ohio counties. Offers year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages at many locations in Franklin and Delaware counties.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222

Adopt Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides a 40-page adoption guide with extensive information about the adoption process in Ohio, including a glossary of adoption terms and a listing of public and private adoption agencies in Ohio. They also have a statewide adoption information hotline.
4200 East Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 466-1213 or (866) 886-3537, option 4

Adopt U.S. Kids

Dedicated to finding permanent, loving adoptive families for the thousands of U.S. children who are currently waiting in foster care. This website is sponsored by the U.S. government and allows prospective adoptive parents an opportunity to search for children by looking through their photolistings. Call the toll-free number for information about adoption and foster care.
605 Global Way, Litnthilum, Maryland 21090
(888) 200-4005

Adoption by Gentle Care

Gentle Care is a licensed adoption agency that specializes in private domestic adoptions. They provide adoption home studies and post-placement visits, services for adoptive parents and services for birth mothers. Their website has helpful information for those considering adoption and information about the six step process to adoption.
370 South 5th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 824-9633 or (614) 469-0007

Adoption Circle

Adoption Circle is a licensed adoption agency that offers full adoption services for private domestic and foreign adoptions.
One Americana, 400 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 237-7222

Adriel School

Provides respite care for foster youth and youth with special needs throughout Ohio. They also provide on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth. Referrals may be made to their foster care program by agencies, parents or legal guardians.
5940 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010

Aging Out of Foster Care? Help with the Transition

Make plans to stay healthy as an adult. This brochure has specific resources for foster kids who are older and starting to age out of the foster care system. The brochure has a toolkit, information about insurance coverage and benefits.
Foster Care Transition

Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH)

Provides information to those looking for support through a support group. They have information on mental health support groups, support groups for parenting children, support groups for survivors of abuse and violence, and alcohol and drug support groups.
447 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1057

Alvis House Family Reentry Program

This program begins while the father is still in prison, where the fathers receive visits from their families, attend parenting classes and receive life-skills classes. Alvis House staff also work with the mothers and children. They begin attending classes and support groups and receiving employment leads, clothing and children’s items as needed. Once the father is released, both parents and children continue to work with a case manager. The young adult reentry program also provides parenting skills education as part of its family-focused approach.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-8402 or (614) 223-1499

American Legion

They award college scholarships to military veterans and their families.  Their Family & Youth Support Program offers immediate assistance for household needs, utilities and food to military families directly affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s War on Terrorism.  Special support programs, such as counseling and mental health, are offered to children and youth whose military parent is deployed, deceased or discharged.
700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
(800) 433-3318

Bair Foundation

Offers several services, including adoption, foster care, kinship care and independent living services. They provide respite care for their foster families as well.
665 Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(888) 705-3577 or (614) 846-6265

Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program

A one-to-one mentoring program that matches children of incarcerated parents with volunteers from the community.
1855 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43229
(866) 892-2447 or (614) 839-2447

Born Learning

A public service campaign supported by United Way that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-2700

Buckeye Ranch

Provides foster care services at their Broad Street location. Referrals are typically through mental health and government organizations (such as FCCS). They provide respite services and work with foster youth with special needs as well.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626

Camp Corral for Military Kids

Camp Corral is a free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15.  Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, disable or fallen servicemen and servicewomen. The camp is a week-long helps kids learn new skills, build character and make new friends while enjoying the outdoors.  Complete their online application for enrollment or call the hotline below for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
(855) 605-1267

Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation provides background information on kinship care as well as resources to support, strengthened and educate families and caregivers.  Their kinship page has a great overview of the facts, benefits and challenges of kinship care.
701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 547-6600

Catholic Social Services Post Adoption Services

Offers post-adoption counseling for adults and maintains a list of post-adoption resources on their website.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 857-1218

Center for Healthy Families

Pregnant teens in Franklin County or teens who are parents, can call to get the help they need, including health care, parenting help, housing, education, child care and employment assistance, based on the individual needs of each teen.
500 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 884-4200

Central Ohio Families with Children from China (COFCC)

Represents over 200 families who are in the process of adopting or have adopted children from China in the Columbus area. They have several support groups which focus on building peer relationships with other adopted children and provide advice and awareness to others who are trying to adopt children from China.
PO Box 554, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Central Ohio Families with Latin American Children (COFLAC)

COFLAC is a montly support group for central Ohio families who have adopted children from Latin America, or who are considering adopting from Latin America.

Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination (CANTASD)

The Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) offers free resources and learning opportunities to providers engaged in primary and secondary prevention, child protective services and investigation, and multidisciplinary and inter-agency collaborations to promote the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families.
330 C Street, Southwest, Washington, DC 20201

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Provides a lot of information and resources regarding foster care and adoption and was developed by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Users can search the national foster care and adoption directory to find foster care and adoption resources in their area.
1250 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC 20024
(800) 394-3366

CHLOE (Community, Health, Life Skills, Opportunities & Education), Inc.

Provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Community education includes shaken baby prevention presentations for classrooms and community gatherings and safe sitter classes for young adolescents. They also provide childcare, study help and have a mini boutique, stocked with infant and toddler clothing, diapers, blankets, bedding, small equipment and other necessities needed to care for little ones.
PO Box 30241, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 477-1426

Choose Your Partner Carefully

Franklin County Children Services and The Center for Family Safety and Healing have made a guide to help people choose a partner who will be safe and helpful around their children.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus Ohio 43223
24-Hour Child Abuse Hotline: (614) 229-7000

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

Help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation. The Kids Club afterschool program provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework assistance, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills. The Kindship Care Program Supports relative caregivers who have taken custody of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent, and therefore helps them maintain stability in their education.
3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539

Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF)

Provides education, access to resources and tools for adoptive families.  They offer parent-to-parent discussion groups as well as camp for kids, adoptee blogs and domestic and international adoption programs.

Columbus Kinship Connection

These support groups are offered by Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Association and has monthly sessions that are sharing and educational.  Kinship care support groups are held in several counties throughout Ohio.
605 North High Street, P.O. Box 14734, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(937) 775-8249

Columbus Parent Magazine

Offers many resources for parents in central Ohio, including advice on a range of parenting issues.
7801 North Central, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(614) 461-8878

Common Ground Program at Buckeye Ranch

This program provides visitation services for parents who have court-ordered visitation.  They offer on-site service for supervised visits, on-site monitored visits, safe exchange services (drop-off or pick-up location for visits), and co-parenting classes.  The program is located at the Buckeye Ranch’s Rosemont Center.  Parents must have a child custody visitation order from the courts.  Contact directly for more information including eligibility guidelines.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43211
(614) 471-2626 or (614) 416-8792

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio

Offers an alternative to the court system by providing an impartial mediator who helps work out voluntary settlement to conflict situations. They help solve family disputes such as marital conflicts and child custody issues. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
67 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-7191

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing the following services:

  • Free employment counseling, skills training and job placement help
  • Services for new refugees for the first 3 months of their arrival in the U.S
  • ESOL (English) classes and translation services
  • Immigration legal programs, including help with citizenship applications, notary services, visa extensions, green card applications, immigration photos and work authorization
  • Counseling and support to limited English proficient (LEP) people who are victims of crimes or trafficking
  • Health and wellness programs

New clients are seen on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis during open immigration intake at the east office. After paying an initial fee, clients can meet with one of the lawyers.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 235-5747

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Offers free in-home parenting classes in Somali and Spanish. They also provide parenting help for teen parents, and offer specific information on how to raise children that are new to America.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 235-5747

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Provides free adoption resources and adoption facts. Their resource page contains information about domestic infant adoptions, international adoptions, financial help, special needs adoptions, foster care adoptions and more.
716 Mount Airyshire Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 275-3832

Directions for Youth & Families Parenting Classes

Parenting classes help improve the quality of family life. Some classes are free, and others are based on a sliding fee scale, depending on income. Services are provided in homes and other convenient locations in the community. There are specific classes for teen parents, Spanish-speaking parents, parents working with the legal system and parents with children who have behavioral challenges. Their free Ready Set Grow Program is for parents of children ages 2 1/2 to 6, to prepare kids for kindergarten.
3616 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 294-2661

Directions for Youth & Families Teen Parent Connection

Offers counseling, parent education and help finding community resources for teens ages 12 to 21 who are parenting or are in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. Free childbirth education classes and mental health services are also offered.
657 Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205 (Ohio Avenue Center)
(614) 258-8043
3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232 (Crittenden Center)
(614) 694-0203

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY

Dungarvin Ohio

Dungarvin is a licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services in Franklin County (and several other counties), including foster care, in-home services, respite care (for parents who need time away from their children) and developmental services.
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(800) 646-4612 or (614) 436-7440

Father 2 Father

This program helps men 16 to 35 become nurturing fathers and develop strong self-sufficient skills by increasing their parenting and life skills and strengthening their employment potential. Services include establishing linkages to community resources. Call for an intake appointment.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 257-6300

Flying Colors Incredible Years Parenting Program

The preschool offers programs for children ages three to five in Licking County, including programs for kids with special needs. Their free 12-week parenting program is designed to help parents build a positive relationship with their child and handle problem behaviors.
119 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-1629

Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency

Enforces child support orders so payments can be made, and gives advice to parents. They can also help with establishing paternity and health insurance coverage for children.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3275

Franklin County Children’s Services

Provides information about adoptable kids, the adoption process and foster care. There is no fee for adoptive placement, and financial help is available. They also provide information on kinship care (when a relative or non-relative takes over the full-time care of a child). Kinship care services inclide home visits, support groups and possible material assistance.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 275-2571

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations

The Mediation Services Office provides a neutral professional (the mediator) who helps the parents solve a visitation disagreement so they can avoid going to court and having a judge make that decision for them. The mediator will also ask the parents to discuss the needs of their children in order to do what is best for the children involved. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-6147

Franklin County Probate Court

Finalizes all adoptions in Franklin County. Those wishing to adopt are required to have a personal and home investigation to insure their suitability as adoptive parents. Their website has helpful information about starting the adoption process in Ohio.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3894

Gladden Community House: Community Service Department

They provide emergency financial assistance, helping families with rent, utilities, prescriptions, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit, and other critical needs. Support families involved with protective services through case management, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes. Also, they help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600

Healthy Foster Care America

Youth that leave foster care at age 18 years or older and are under age 26 can get Medicaid health insurance coverage until they are 26 years old. It is a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Find out more online and sign up.

Help Me Grow (HMG) Home Visiting Program

The home visiting program provides expectant or new parents with the information, support and encouragement they need through a home visiting service.  This program aims to provide parents with the resources needed to understand and capitalize on the optimal early years of a child’s life.  Core services include prenatal support, developmental screenings and linkage to community resources. Parenting education is also offered to help answer any questions. Eligibility includes women who are expecting their first child and mothers whose first child is under six months old and meet income guidelines. There is no cost to families. Their website has information about child health, children with special needs, school readiness, safety, resources by county and parent rights.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(800) 755-4769

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Offers a family-based program for parents and children. Counselors meet with parents in the home and office.
1070 College Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-1890

Kids in the House

Create an online account to access thousands of videos about parenting.  A panel of experts including physicians, psychologists, neurologists and therapists can guide you from pregnancy through college with your child.  A unique blog post allows parents to connect and discuss the videos and struggles they may be going through.

Kinship Care Resource Kit

The Children’s Defense Fund has published a resource kit for kinship caregivers that provides information on topics such as cash assistance, child care and education programs, health care and coverage, as well as other issues important to relative caregivers. They also have other programs and they advocate for legislation on behalf of children.
395 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(614) 221-2244

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Offers several services for domestic and family issues, including help solving child support and custody issues. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 224-8374

Life Start

As a licensed foster care agency serving children and adults with special needs and disabilities in Franklin County and its neighboring counties, they provide extensive foster family support. They help children with machine dependency, tube feeds, mental retardation, autism and other special needs.
142 North High Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 478-5448

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

Program:  Provides a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents and families.  Individual, group and family therapy is offered and also their Therapeutic Mentor Program; which helps to enhance skills learned in therapy.  Other services address adjustments disorders, grief and loss, disruptive behaviors and mood disorders.  They also specialize in blended families, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anger management and ADHD.
Elibility:  children, adolescents and families in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Delaware and Ross counties
Cost:  Ohio Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover.  Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral:  no referral needed
2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio  43232
(614) 751-0042

Military OneSource

They provide confidential counseling over the phone, in person and online for money management, parenting services, relocation, deployment and a variety of other services.  All members of the National Guard and Reserve Component and all active-duty members of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force are eligible for services, some at no cost.
(800) 342-9647

National Eating Disorder Association

Their Parent Toolkit is a resource to get answers to questions and concerns. Parents can learn how to be supportive and get advice from other parents.
165 West 46th Street, New York, New York 10036
(800) 931-2237

National Guard’s Joint Services Support

Provides assistance with reintegration, transitioning, careers and finances to members of the National Guard and their families.  Helps connect individuals with family support programs, behavioral health support and any other services they may be eligible for. Click here to view the list of services offered from the Ohio National Guard support team.
2825 West Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 336-6701

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Parent’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder

This booklet helps parents who think their child may have symptoms of bipolar disorder, or parents whose child has been diagnosed.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(866) 615-6464

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Offers ongoing evening parenting classes for parents with children ages 0 to 12. Child care is provided during the sessions. The classes are for biological families (not foster families) involved with NYAP, but they do take referrals from outside agencies on a case by case basis. They take foster care referrals as well and help connect foster children with resources in the community.

  • 24-Hour Centralized Intake: (877) 692-7226 or (614) 227-9444
  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001 or (614) 252-6927

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Offers counseling services for foster children and adolescents throughout central Ohio. They also provide sex offender treatment services for youth and in-home programs for teens with aggressive or violent behaviors. They offer emergency and specialized foster care services, in addition to respite care and alcohol and drug programs. They take foster care referrals and help connect foster children with resources in the community.

  • 24-Hour Centralized Intake: (877) 692-7226 or (614)-227-9444
  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001 or (614) 252-6927

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Adoption Academy

Provided by Capital University Law School and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Adoption Academy provides in-depth classes on foreign and domestic adoptions for a minimal fee.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Connecting Families

Connecting Families is a hospital-wide family-to-family mentor program. Connecting Families reaches patients of all diagnoses to link them with a family who has been through a similar situation. Social workers often match families based on like diagnoses, similar treatment paths or life situations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6747

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

Health e-Hints is a free, unique e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family. The newsletter is completely customized just for you!
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find age appropriate and medically reviewed health articles, breaking news, games, quizzes, health movies and much more for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital International Adoption Clinic

Offers a wide range of services before, during and after adoption. The clinic physicians are experienced in addressing the physical, psychological and developmental challenges facing a child born in another culture. Most insurance plans are accepted. Call for more information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4459

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them, they offer information and support to adoptive families and prospective adopters. Families can search their database of parent groups to find support groups in the area. They also offer phone consultation and materials to address parents’ questions about adoption subsidies for children with special needs.
970 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
(651) 644-3036

Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA)

Their website contains helpful resources relating to juvenile justice, foster care, adoption, kinship care (relatives and non-relatives raising children) and information for youth transitioning from the foster system to adulthood, as well as a referral form for services throughout Ohio.
1151 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 461-0014

Ohio Birth Parent Group

Provides adoption education and adoption support groups for birth parents.  Get current information about new adoption laws, changes in policy, upcoming Ohio adoption community events and resources to help birth families.
456 Eastmoor Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43209
(740) 675-2770

Ohio Cares for Military Families

Provides behavioral health services for military personnel and their families, including the services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers. Go online to access resources or call the non-emergency resource information line. They can link military families to substance abuse treatment, counseling, suicide prevention services and support specifically geared toward veterans and service men and women and their families.
(800) 761-0868

Ohio Department of Health Adoption Registry

Houses birth and adoption records for people born in Ohio and adopted anywhere in the United States. Their website has a list of adoption laws and procedures that are used in Ohio, as well as the Ohio Adoption Registry, which provides a confidential and voluntary way for adopted Ohioans and their biological families to find one another.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2531

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Kinship Care

Click to view their kinship care book, which helps relatives and non-relatives taking over the full-time care of a child. Caregivers may also call to request a copy of this useful resource guide. Some kinship families are eligible for cash payments if a judge has ruled that the child was abused, neglected, dependent or unruly.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 886-3537, option 4 or (614) 466-1213

Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA)

They provide programs that educate, support, and advocate for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families. Serves as the statewide voice for adoptive and foster families in Ohio. They educate Ohio’s policymakers about the needs of abused, neglected and dependent children. They also keep members informed about the latest news related to adoption and foster care and provide a warm line for families who are experiencing difficulties related to out-of-home care by providing referral to local agencies for support.
1151 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 222-2712

Ohio Safe Havens for Newborns

Provides birth parents the option to leave an infant (up to 30 days old) with a medical worker in a hospital, a medical worker at a fire department or other emergency service organization, or a peace officer at a law enforcement agency. If the infant is left with a person at one of these places, and has not been abused, the parent will face no legal consequences for making this choice. Call the Help Me Grow hotline for information and advice.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Help Me Grow Hotline: (800) 755-4769

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

As a non-profit law firm, they oversee several offices that provide representation to low-income Ohioans in 36 Ohio counties. They provide free legal advice to people with a low income throughout Ohio. Their website below also has a lot of information about local rules and regulations regarding adoptions and foster care, legal rights of teenage mothers and homeless youth, employment laws, protection orders, housing / public benefits, and school rights.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(866) 529-6446

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of OSU Extension handouts and resources for parents, covering a wide array of subjects such as, horticulture, food and nutrition, breastfeeding; teaching children to read and resolve conflict, tips for new parents and how to stay involved in your teen’s life.
2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181


Offers counseling services for early childhood mental health, maternal depression, psychiatric health, mentoring and foster care. They have a range of flexible and customized programs designed to address every aspect of self, family and community needs.
Central Ohio office: 195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 522-9174

Open Arms Adoptions

Full service private adoption agency offers counseling from social workers to pregnant women who are thinking about an adoption plan for their unborn baby.  They provide the needed services to families seeking to adopt infants or children from foster care.  Information and non-judgmental services is given to birth parents, adoptive parents and all family members.
11 North High Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
(614) 349-1510

Parenting a Child with Special Needs

To find resources for children with special needs, visit the CAP4Kids Special Needs section.

Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices (PERC)

PERC is a group of teachers and parents in Dublin City Schools who provide education designed to keep youth safe and healthy. Underage drinking, internet safety, bullying and eating disorders are some of the topics they focus on. Presentations are free and open to the general public.
7030 Coffman Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 764-5913

Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms (POEM)

Offers free mom-to-mom support over the phone, by email or in groups. Go online to find out more about postpartum depression, survivor stories and helpful links. Their central Ohio blogspot gives up-to-date information about local group meetings, support and information. POEM is the Ohio section of Postpartum Support International (PSI).
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 315-8989

Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)

Provides information, referrals, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. They assist the kinship caregivers by linking them to benefits.  They also have the Family’s Guide to Fostering, Foster-to-Adopt and Adoption with Ohio’s public child protection system.
37 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(614) 224-5802

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHS) Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

SAMHS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to advance the behavioral health and reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness. The service locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. The website also offers free apps, and parents resources on a wide range of topics for free.
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852
National Helpline: (800) 662-4357 or (800) 487-4889 TTY

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Teen Pregnancy Program (TaP)

The teen and pregnant program offers prenatal care for moms-to-be ages 11-21. This program also focuses on the overall health of mother and baby which may include the entire family and the father-to-be. A multi-disciplinary team works to support safe infant care, birth control options, positive parenting and school/family balance. Parental consent required at first visit for patients under the age of 18.

  • Adolescent Medicine Clinic
    500 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Linden Primary Care Center
    1390 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211

(614) 355-6350

The Branch

The Branch, the Military Parent Technical Assistance Center, provides access to tools for military children ages 4 to 14 (up to middle school). The tools are free and were designed to encourage the child’s ability to adapt to adverse circumstances or trauma; promoting self-advocacy.
6316 South Twelth Street, Tacoma, Washington 98465
(800) 572-7368

The Center for Family Safety & Healing

Fully addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.  They offer a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722- 8200

The Center for Family Safety & Healing Fostering Connections Program

Fully addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.  They offer a contiuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals who have experienced family violence. The Fostering Connections Program provides a specialized foster care clinic offering comprehensive health care services to children and adolescents placed in out-of-home care.  The clinic coordinates the medical care and streamlines access to behavioral health services as well. The Center for Family Safety & Healing also offers free support groups to parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers through their Incredible Years Help Me Grow Program.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-8200

The Center for Family Safety and Healing Fostering Connections Program

This program provides a specialized foster care clinic that offers comprehensive health care services to children and adolescents placed in out-of-home care.  The clinic coordinates the medical care of the patients it services and streamlines access to behavioral health services as well.  Click here to view their brochure.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43205
(614) 722-6789

The Grandfamilies State Law & Policy Resource Center

Provides national resources in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system.  You can find information on current and pending laws, adoption, financial help, special guardian options and more.  Visit GrandFacts for connections to local supports, resources, programs, and benefits.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Provides support to family members that have experienced the loss of a loved one in the military.  A 24 hour hotline is available as well as a peer mentor program to connect with other survivors or people who have had similar experiences.  Sign up online for a mailing list that includes their magazine as well as information on other helpful resources and counseling available.
3033 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201
(202) 588-8277

U.S. Department of State Intercountry Adoption

Has information about intercountry adoption, visas and specific country information.
2201 C Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20520
(888) 407-4747

United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Family Services

Two locations offer services to adoptive and foster care families.
Program: Provides foster care and adoption services, addresses anger management, independent living skills, and self-development.  Also assists families in preparing for adoption.  Post-adoption services provide clinical counseling and support for adopted children who may be struggling with day to day functioning.
Eligibility: males and females, ages 3 to 18
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
Adoption Services: 1033 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 855-5020

Village Network

Provides several services throughout Ohio, including programs for youth ages 10 to 18 who need intensive mental health services, a juvenile sex offender program, a program for foster families who need time away from their children (respite services) and foster programs for kids with special needs and mental health issues.
1751 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 253-8050

Vineyard Community Center

Offers several activities and groups for a variety of populations including single moms, single dads, persons going through divorce and blended families. Visit their website for a complete list of programs.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500

Vineyard Community Center Chosen 4 Love

Chosen 4 Love is a community of families with a passion for adoption, foster care and caring for orphans. They serve as a resource for adoptive families and for people who are considering becoming foster or adoptive parents. They meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 781-0392

Welcome to Our Place

Offers mental health counseling to children and families, as well as supervised transfer of children from one parent to the other. It is a visitation and exchange program for families who have been ordered supervised visitation by the courts.
700 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 888-1690

Wright State University Center for Healthy Communities

They have trained Kinship Navigators who offer support through listening, answering questions, guidance through the system to find benefits and resources for kinship families.  They work with Ohio families and agencies to remove barriers and develop programs to meet caregiver needs.
3123 Research Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 258-5554

Zero to Three

Offers helpful information about behavior, development, care and education of infants in their first 3 years of life. Learn what to expect as your child grows and how to deal with challenging behaviors.
1255 23rd Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 638-1144