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Advocacy & Parenting Information

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
www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov

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
healthychildren.org

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
www.bornlearning.org

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
http://childrenservices.franklincountyohio.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
www.childrensdefense.org/ohio

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
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

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
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

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
www.ofcaonline.org

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
http://jfs.ohio.gov/safehavens

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
ohioline.osu.edu

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
www.percdublin.org

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
www.familysafetyandhealing.org

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
www.familysafetyandhealing.org

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.
www.grandfamilies.org

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
www.med.wright.edu/kinship

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
www.zerotothree.org