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Advocacy & Parenting Information

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio and information about choosing quality child care. They also assist people who operate home-based childcare.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 or Toll-free (855) 302-4453 or TTY (800) 750-0750
actionforchildren.org

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, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
healthychildren.org

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 (like counseling, prenatal/early intervention services, medical services for foster children and community training programs) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722- 8200
familysafetyandhealing.org

Choose Your Partner Carefully

Franklin County Children Services and the Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have worked together to help inform people how to choose a partner who will be safe and helpful around their children.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus Ohio 43215
(614) 229-7000
childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov/publications/parenting-tips.cfm

Common Sense

  • Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that offers age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.
  • Common Sense Education provides free resources, including ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.
  • Common Sense Kids Action is their advocacy platform.

650 Townsend, San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 863-0600
commonsense.org

Grandfamilies.org

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.
grandfamilies.org

Help Me Grow (HMG) Home Visiting Program

Their website has information about child health, children with special needs, school readiness, safety, resources by county and parent rights.
Program
: Provides expectant or new parents with the information, support, resources and encouragement they need through a home visiting service. Core services include prenatal support, parenting education, developmental screenings and linkage to community resources
Eligibility: women who are expecting their first child and mothers whose first child is under six months old and meet income guidelines
Cost: no cost to families
Referral: a parent, guardian, home visiting provider or professional
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Referral Line: (800) 755-4769
helpmegrow.ohio.gov

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
childrensdefense.org/library

Kinship Caregiver Coalition

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.
907 West Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 775-8245
kinship-caregiver-coalition.org

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: NYAP offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, community-based behavioral health services and home based services, respite care, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care, substance abuse counseling, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and parent services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 5 to 21
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 someone else

  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444 or (866) 438-6508
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-6927 or (800) 256-5001
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511 or (800) 553-9701
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420

Toll-free: (877) 692-7226
nyap.org

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.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Library

Find information about the disease, condition, procedure or test you need. Also, find relevant information on various health topics for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Family & Community Engagement

Helps parents understand what children are expected to learn in school and how to help them succeed, so families can choose a school for their child, get involved in their child’s learning and get information about learners with special needs and talents.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Family-and-Community-Engagement

Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA)

They provide programs that educate, support, and advocate for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families impacted by Ohio’s child protection system. They keep members informed about the latest news related to adoption and foster care.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-2712
ofcaonline.org

Ohio State University (OSU) College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of OSU Extension handouts and resources, covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and youth development.

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
ohioline.osu.edu

Ohio’s 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
jfs.ohio.gov/safehavens

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
percdublin.org

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

This website gives parents the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. It offers helpful advice, support from other parents and extensive information about drug and alcohol use.
352 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10010
Toll-free: (855) 378-4373
drugfree.org

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 Twenty-third Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 638-1144
zerotothree.org