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Stonewall Columbus (SWC)

Provides a community center, peer support, advocacy, and events for the Central Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community. Programs include the annual Columbus Pride celebration, counseling, sobriety and support groups, dance classes, community mental health trainings, HIV testing, and more. The Family Pride Network connects families and prospective parents in the LGBTQ+ community through social events, educational programs, and resources.
1160 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 299-7764
stonewallcolumbus.org

Action for Children

Provides free information on childcare and early development for parents and caregivers; and professional support for childcare providers. They offer year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio, information about choosing quality childcare, family-focused kindergarten-readiness program, and resources for co-parenting.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 in English & Spanish or (855) 302-4453
actionforchildren.org
afclearning.org

Adaptive Sports Connection

Non-profit serving children, veterans, and adults with disabilities through outdoor and therapeutic recreation and education across Ohio. They support participants at all skill levels with adaptive equipment and instructors for downhill skiing, kayaking, cycling, paddling, sailing, amputee soccer, water skiing, and more. Their Bikes to Go program helps children and adults obtain an adaptive bike. Veterans attend for free, program fees for others are minimal and no one is turned away for inability to pay. Scholarships are also available.
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 389-3921
adaptivesportsconnection.org

Adopt U.S. Kids

Provides information and resources online and over the phone to families interested in fostering and adopting, as well as publications and resources for child welfare workers and agencies. They offer the only federally funded national photolisting of children and youth in foster care in the U.S. who are available for adoption.
(888) 200-4005 or (877) 236-7831 in Spanish
adoptuskids.org

Adoption Circle

A licensed adoption agency that offers full adoption services for private domestic and foreign adoptions. They also provide supportive services for pregnant women considering adoption.
400 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 237-7222 or (800) 927-7222 or text (614) 398-2367
adoptioncircle.org

Adoption Network Cleveland

Provides information, advocacy, education, and support for members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive/kinship/foster parents), youth in foster care, siblings, and related professionals. Services include in-person and virtual support groups, DNA discovery and birth parent search support, life coaching, specialized support for kinship families, and financial assistance through the Family Resilience Fund. They also provide professional education and internships, virtual speakers and trainings, and adoption assessor training. Anyone can call the Helpline for questions or support related to foster care and adoption.
12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120
Helpline: (216) 325-1000
adoptionnetwork.org

Adriel School

Provides faith-based respite care, on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth throughout Ohio, as well as family preservation programming. Referrals may be made to their foster care program by agencies, parents or legal guardians. They also assist families in the adoption process.
105 Commerce Park Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43082
(614) 761-0010 or call (614) 584-1520 for after-hours referrals
adriel.org

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

Helps Franklin County residents find the right places to turn for low cost, alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services by overseeing more than 35 community agencies. These community agencies have a sliding fee scale for services, meaning any Franklin County resident can get needed services and be charged on the basis of income and circumstance. They have a list of support groups on their website as well.
447 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1057
adamhfranklin.org

Alicia’s Closet

Serves foster families in the Central Ohio area by providing infant to teen sized clothing, shoes, coats, backpacks, toys, baby accessories and other essentials, at no cost to families. Visit the website for additional contact information.
(614) 398-2203
aliciasclosetcolumbus.org

Alvis

Offers supportive services to adults and families involved in the criminal justice system. Referrals are required to receive services. Call for details.

  • Reentry Services: Helps people transitioning from the corrections system back into the community. Services include cognitive-behavioral treatment at their residential reentry center, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, workforce development, case management, mentoring, housing assistance, and links to community services and support.
  • Behavioral Healthcare: Offers traditional and intensive outpatient therapy and psychiatry, supportive housing, substance abuse treatment, job readiness, and trauma treatment.
  • Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services: Includes residential care, behavioral intervention, vocational/job readiness skills training and supported living.
  • Family & Children’s Program: Supports children whose parents are justice-system-involved or suffering from substance abuse. Offers parenting programs, developmental assessments, critical needs free pantry, clinical services for children, and reunification activities.

2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-8402
alvis180.org

America Saves

Provides information and encouragement for individuals and families around money management, debt reduction, how to build wealth, and life after retirement. The Military Saves website has articles and resources specifically for military families.
(202) 387-6121
Military Saves: militarysaves.org
America Saves for Young Workers: americasavesforyoungworkers.org
americasaves.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Foster Care Information

Provides information for young adults, families and professionals related to foster care, health and health insurance.
www.aap.org/en/patient-care/foster-care

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website has information on a wide range of health topics, 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.
healthychildren.org

American Legion

Offers support programs for veterans and their family, such as temporary financial assistance, a cash grant to support minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. They also offer youth programming, award college scholarships, and list veteran discounts and services and places to find counseling and mental health support.
Contact Information: legion.org/contact
legion.org

Andrews House

This community service center provides various free programs for residents of Delaware County. Programs include free takeaway dinners, a legal clinic, a mobile food market, and free summer lunch program for children under 18. Find program details online.
39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 369-4520
andrewshouse.org

BabySignLanguage.com

Baby sign language is a way for all parents to improve early infant communication and communicate with children before they can speak. This website has free resources including videos, downloadable flash cards, and tutorials.
babysignlanguage.com

Bair Foundation

Faith-based foster care agency offering foster care, foster parent training, adoption, and kinship care services. They also provide respite care and clinical behavioral health/mental health services. They have multiple locations in Ohio and across the U.S.
665 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 846-6265 or (888) 705-3577
bair.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Amachi Program

A one-to-one mentoring program that matches children of incarcerated parents with volunteers from the community. Visit the website or call to find out how to enroll a child.
1855 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 837-2447
bbbs.org/amachi

BOLD Beginning! Ohio Early Childhood Programs

Anyone with young children in their life can use this website to learn about Ohio’s early childhood programs and agencies. There is helpful information about developmental milestones, screenings, emotional wellness tips, healthy pregnancy and more. Use the Child Care Search tool to find a quality program near you.
boldbeginning.org
Child Care Search: childcaresearch.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Children and Youth: childrenandyouth.ohio.gov

Bridges: For Young Adults Transitioning out of Foster Care

A voluntary program for young adults who left foster care in Ohio at age 18-21 and who are in school, working, participating in an employment program, or have a medical condition that prevents them from going to school or working. Participants are matched with a Bridges Liaison who can help with setting goals and accessing services, such as help with housing, education, employment, and well-being. Liaisons work with participants to meet their unique, individual needs as they transition to adulthood. Fill out the online application or call your region’s office.

  • Central Region: (614) 568-9428
    Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Vinton
  • Northeast Region: (614) 490-4357
    Counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne
  • Northwest Region: (614) 655-8259
    Counties: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot
  • Southeast Region: (614) 869-3889
    Counties:  Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Washington
  • Southwest Region: (614) 568-6596
    Counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Scioto, Shelby, Warren

Apply online here: oca.socialsolutionsportal.com/apricot-intake/0d5dba79-b9fa-4ae6-9477-943ed3540ed0
Main/Informational Website: jfs.ohio.gov/child-and-adult-protection-foster-and-adoption/services-for-families-and-children/bridges/overview

Bright by Text

Sends free games, tips, and resources right to your cell phone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language, early literacy, health, safety, behavioral tips and more.
Text BRIGHT to 274448 to sign up
Text STOP to 274448 to stop
Text HELP to 274448 for help
General Questions: (303) 433-6200
brightbytext.org

Buckeye Ranch

Provides family-focused mental health treatment and services for behavioral, emotional and substance-abuse disorders to children and families.
Programs: in-home treatment, intensive and non-intensive residential treatment, family and outpatient counselingfoster care services, transitional living services, case management, alternative education day treatment, Permanent Family Solutions Network, Somali Outreach Program
Eligibility: ages vary per program
Cost
: Fees range depending on the type of care needed, some service costs are offset by Medicaid, or the client’s local Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board
Referral
: For in-home and office-based services, individuals may refer themselves or be referred by their doctor. For residential services, referrals must come from the courts, the county or another referring agency.

  • East Main Street
    4653 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    Offerings: Same Day Access, Permanent Family Solutions Network (PFSN), Foster Care, Bridges, Clinical community Based Programs, Outpatient, Medication Management
  • Grove City
    5665 Hoover Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    Offerings: Residential programs, Outpatient counseling, and Training
  • West Broad (Hilltop)
    2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    Offerings: Same Day Access, The Bonner Academy, Outpatient Counseling, Home-Based Services, and Multisystemic Therapy Team (MST)
  • Columbus – My Place
    1625 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Offerings: Transitional Living Facility
  • Newark
    195 Union Street, Suite B-3, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (800) 859-5665
    Offerings: Foster care

(614) 875-2371
Intake/Referral: (614) 384-7798
buckeyeranch.org

Camp Corral

A free week-long summer camp for military children ages 8 – 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, injured, ill and/or fallen military members. The camp is held at various locations across the US, and helps kids learn new skills, build character, and make friends while enjoying the outdoors. Complete their online application for enrollment or call for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
(855) 605-1267
campcorral.org

Canal Winchester Human Services

Provides a variety of social service programs to residents in Canal Winchester, those living in the Bloom Carroll School District, Lithopolis, and underserved rural areas of Fairfield County. Programs include a community food pantry, emergency assistance for rent/mortage or utilities, senior transportation and social programming, and child loss grief support group.
80 Covenant Way, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
(614) 834-4700
cwhumanservices.org

Caregiver Action Network

Non-profit providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge. Their website has helpful resources for those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or old age. Contact their Caregiver Help Desk to get help finding information on navigating complex caregiving challenges.
Caregiver Help Desk: (855) 227-3640
Office Phone: (202) 454-3970
caregiveraction.org

CDC Development Tracker

Download the free development tracker to follow a child’s normal development from age 2 months old to 5 years. Get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones-app.html

Center for Family Safety & Healing

Supports individuals and families experiencing violence, including; child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. Services include:

  • Counseling Services: for adults, children, and families.
    Adult Counseling Services:  (614) 722-8293
    Child & Family Counseling: Intake – (614) 722-8212, Questions/Concerns – (614) 722-8210
  • Child Assessment Center: provides comprehensive evaluation, medical treatment, and community resources for children who have experience abuse.
    (614) 722-3278
  • Fostering Connections: specialized clinic and care coordination for youth in foster care.
    (614) 722-6789
  • Maternal-Infant Home Visitation: programs for caregivers who are pregnant or parenting a newborn.
    (614) 722-8222

655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
General: (614) 722-8200
familysafetyandhealing.org

Center for Healthy Families

Provides community and school based services for pregnant and parenting youth 12-24 years old. Services include help with healthcare, preventing subsequent pregnancy, housing, parenting skills, support groups, education, and employment assistance. They also house the Black Girls and Young Women’s Collective to advocate for equity and community.

Healthy Families Home-Visiting Program
Healthy Families Connection Services
500 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 884-4200
centerforhealthyfamilies.org

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC) & Gracehaven

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth, including:

  • City Life: Offers free group meetings, mentoring relationships, free childcare and other support for teen moms, job and life skills training and financial literacy for teens in Reynoldsburg and Franklinton.
  • Equip Skills Center: Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
    (614) 237-7300
  • Point Break: A day-long anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program helps teens develop compassion for each other.
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries: Offers spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers. Connects teens who have been released with mentors and peer groups.
  • Deaf Teen Quest: Fellowship groups for teens who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Gracehaven: Services for trafficked and exploited youth include a therapeutic group home, case management, and mentoring.
  • Parent Life: Connects expectant and parenting teens with adult volunteers and community partners for help with parenting skills, childcare, transportation, mentoring, and more.

PO Box 14804, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 848-4870
coyfc.org

Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

Authorized by the Higher Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education, this program provides childcare for children 6 weeks to 12 years old for parents who are low-income and enrolled at Ohio State University (OSU). Along with childcare, parents are provided with priority scheduling, mentoring/coaching, and referrals to connect your family to university and community resources.
84 North 17th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 292-0531
odi.osu.edu/ccampis

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.
(800) 394-3366
childwelfare.gov

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

Serves: Adolescents and women ages 13-21 at any stage of pregnancy or parenting in Franklin County.
Young Mom Connections group meets twice a month for dinner, activities, childcare, and access to Kairo’s Closet boutique; which provides infant and toddler clothing, diapers, bedding, and more. They also provide mentoring programs and parenting classes.
4142 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 477-1426
chloeinc.org

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services & Choice Food Pantry help is provided in many areas including food, clothing, household items and other support items.
  • The Youth Services – Kids Club is an afterschool and summer program for youth in grades K-5 at various locations.
  • The Kinship Care Program supports kinship caregivers and helps children avoid placement in a foster home by connecting caregivers with case management, material assistance, and referrals.

14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-8118
clintonvillecrc.org

College & High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success Program (CHAMPS)

Ohio State University mentoring program between college parenting students and Columbus area high school and young adult moms who are parenting or pregnant. They offer one-on-one mentoring, college prep workshops, and monthly gift cards for participants that complete all program criteria. They accept applications into the fall for the school year.
84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 247-8258
odi.osu.edu/champs

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Resource Lists

These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources near you. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
https://new.columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health

Columbus Scholar House

Provides affordable housing for student parents attending a central Ohio college or university full-time. Student parents receive supportive services through the OSU ACCESS Collaborative program for help with navigating higher education, financial management, childcare, parenting skills, and transitioning from school to the workforce.
North 17th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 826-6101
cpoimpact.org/scholarhouse.aspx

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower Black and urban communities through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services.

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

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.

commonsense.org

Community Mediation Services (CMS) of Central Ohio

Offers an alternative to the court system by providing an impartial mediator who helps work out conflicts. They provide problem-solving services for domestic and family issues, divorce, neighborhood conflicts, tenant-landlord disputes to prevent eviction, workplace issues and consumer rights disputes. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale. They also offer opportunities for training and volunteering.
67 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-7191
communitymediation.com

Conscious Community Collectives

Provides an online resource directory for families in Central Ohio to find consciously chosen resources. Their resources include education and tutoring, childcare, pregnancy, mental health providers, fun activities, and more. Small business owners can join the Business Collective to be added to their directory and access professional support services. Families can call the number below for free concierge services to help them get connected to the resources they are looking for.
PO Box 1655, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(614) 315-1851
consciouscommunitycollectives.com

Crossroads Recovery Services

Program: Office-based individual and group abstinence-based  alcohol and drug counseling, marijuana group counseling, domestic violence counseling (for offenders), mental health counseling for people with drug or alcohol abuse issues, drug testing, anger management program for adults; they also provide support to DUI offenders in fulfilling their court assigned responsibilities and DUI weekend programs
Eligibility: Age 18 and older
Cost: Self-pay only
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else
1364 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 445-0352
ohio-dip.com

Dads2B

Offers weekly prenatal education classes for expectant fathers and mothers. Classes focus on positive parenting, safe sleep, how to support during pregnancy and when baby comes home. Dads receive a mentor for a year after the birth of their child and linkage to resources such as healthcare and social work.
1741 Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 817-1950
urbanfdc.org/dads2b

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.
4900 Tuttle Crossing Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43016
(800) 275-3382 or (800)-ASK-DFTA
davethomasfoundation.org/library

Dealhack Military Discount Guide

A free guide of product brands that offer active-duty military and veteran discounts. They independently verify each and every item on this list. Categories include retail, travel, education, auto, entertainment, and more.
dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: Offers youth and their families mental and behavioral health services. Licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling and clinical treatment programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. They also offer parenting classes, free kindergarten readiness programs, and after-school and summer programs at their two youth centers.
Eligibility: Varies per program, serves those from 6 weeks old up to 21 years old.
Cost: Government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free.
Referral:
Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for counseling programs; psychiatric services require referral through a Directions for Youth counselor.

  • DFYF Main Office: 1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center: 657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center: 3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0214

Central Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

National civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. They provide specialized legal services for cases that have the potential to affect large groups of people with disabilities and achieve law reform. Their website has helpful information on topics like healthcare access, special education, foster/kinship care, and transportation. They also post job and internship opportunities.
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703
(510) 644-2555 or (510) 841-8645 TTY
dredf.org

Do It For the Love Music Wish Grants

Supports music therapy, research, and provides live music experiences for wounded veterans and children or adults with life-threatening illnesses. Nominate yourself of someone you know  with the gift of attending a live music concert for free. Go online for eligibility details and contact information.
doitforthelove.org

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO)

Offers resources, information, programs and services for families with Down Syndrome in Central Ohio. They have several support groups for parents, counseling services, and a financial assistance program. They have regular events for all ages, such as play groups, arts and recreation, and virtual cooking classes for people with Down Syndrome. You can also request a hospital care package or new parent package for a family through their website.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-6020
dsaco.net

Drawn from Valor

Creative stories and educational materials that bring families and kids together to learn about their health conditions. These free stories are science-backed self-care resources about Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, PTSD, Social-Emotional Health, and Type 1 Diabetes. Resources include video shorts, printable activity sheets,
Main Website: drawnfromvalor.org
For Children with Diabetes: Kara & The Not So Dire Beastie
For Children Experiencing Depression or Anxiety: Empowernauts

Dreams on Horseback

Center offering equine-therapy and horse-assisted learning experiences to enrich lives. Programs include therapeutic riding for children and adults with special needs, Military Connections for military personnel and veterans, youth social-emotional learning, vocational training for young adults with special needs, and more.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
(614) 864-9500
dreamsonhorseback.org

Dungarvin Ohio

Serves: Children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Private service provider offering in-home services, foster care for youth or adults with complex needs, day services, shared living services, and residential care. They serve the following counties in Ohio: Butler, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Lucas, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Portage, and Summit.
294 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612
dungarvin.com/locations/ohio

Empower Our Youth Foundation

Offers a range of services for kids ages 5-17 to create a positive and nurturing environment for youth. Programs include a literacy and STEM academy, annual fashion and art shows, community give-back projects, social outings, and bullying prevention programs. They provide a safe space to assist with the reporting of bullying incidents to authorities, and their website has additional educational and anti-bullying resources for parents.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 512-6511
facebook.com/empowerouryouthfoundation

Encompass Adoptees

Hosts free monthly support groups for adoptive and foster parents and kinship caregivers, and also separate support groups for adult adoptees and foster care alum. Offers a monthly art studio for foster and adopted youth. Hosts monthly educational webinars for parents, professionals and adult adoptees / foster alum. Serves young adults beyond age 18 as well. Scholarships are available. They also provide coaching and counseling services.
122 South Terrace Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(502) 873-6723
encompassadoptees.org

Faith Choice Ohio

A nonprofit of Pro-faith, Pro-choice, Pro-family, Pro-LGBTQ Clergy and professionals advocating and providing support services for abortion seekers. They offer all-options spiritual counseling for anyone considering adoption, abortion, or experiencing miscarriage or infertility. The Jubilee Abortion Fund helps cover the cost of transportation, hotel stays, childcare, and counseling. They also provide abortion care packages, clinic blessings, a leadership development program, inclusive community events, and trainings. Go online to request services.
P.O. Box 82204 Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 706-3709
faithchoiceohio.org

Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)

Establishes, enforces, review and modifies child support orders so payments can be made. Helps with termination of support orders, paternity establishment, and health insurance coverage for children. They also offer a mobile app that gives users secure access to their child support case information.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3275
support.franklincountyohio.gov
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Office of Child Support: jfs.ohio.gov/child-support

Franklin County Children Services (FCCS)

Individuals can report child abuse or neglect in Franklin County through their 24-hour child abuse hotline or visit the office in person. Emergency placement can be provided for at-risk children and teens. When appropriate, temporary placement with relatives, foster homes, or treatment centers are coupled with services to support family reunification and reduce the level of risk to the child. They also provide information about adoptable kids and the adoption process. View the 2024 FCCS Community Resource Guide.

  • Main Office: 855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2571
  • Intake, Assessment and Investigations: 4071 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 229-7100
  • Provider Agency Concerns: 855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2621

24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: (614) 229-7000
General Questions: (614) 229-7100
childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations & Juvenile Branch

Handles all domestic relations matters, including protection for victims of domestic violence, for juvenile citizens. They offer a variety of mediation services to help settle matters without a full legal trial, Civil Protection Orders (CPO’s) / Juvenile Protection Orders (JPO’s), interpreters, Self Represented Resource Center (SRRC) for those who do not have the financial resources to retain private counsel, and more. Their Youth Education and Intervention Services Department works to divert youth from further involvement with the  Juvenile Justice System through prevention, intervention and treatment services. Go online to find program details, FAQs, and legal forms.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Administration: (614) 525-3628
drj.fccourts.org
Phone Directory: drj.fccourts.org/DRJ.aspx?PN=Quick_Phone_Directory.htm

Franklin County Family & Children First Council (FCFC)

Helps children and families in need or involved with multiple systems (like mental health, developmental disabilities, Franklin County Children Services, court, school) through service coordination. Their family-focused approach identifies and coordinates resources to better the lives of Franklin County youth, at no cost.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 407-9040
www.franklinfamilyfirst.org

Franklin County Office on Aging Kinship Care Resources

Provides support and resources to kinship caregivers 55 years of age and older, in Franklin County, who are caring for minor children from birth to age 17 (18 if enrolled in high school). Offer assistance with appliances, caregiver counseling, diapers, infant cribs, mattress sets, pull-ups, wipes and additional community resources. The Office on Aging provides additional services like home-delivered meals, adult day services, minor home repair, and more for any adult in Franklin County age 60+.
280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525- 5230 or (614) 525-6200
officeonaging.org

Franklin County Probate Court – Adoption

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, 22nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3840
probate.franklincountyohio.gov/departments/adoption

Franklin County Reentry Advisory Board (FC-RAB)

Resource website to help those transitioning from correctional and rehabilitative institutions back into the community. Resources include document/identification assistance, job training and postings, public assistance benefits, mental health, food, clothing, housing/shelter and more.
373 South High Street, 25th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-5577
FC-RAB Website: reentry.franklincountyohio.gov
Re-entry Services Website: drc.ohio.gov/systems-and-services/2-reentry-services/reentry-services
Printable Quick Guide: Re-Entry Quick Guide

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offers family-friendly exhibits, classes, workshops, and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. Check the website Calendar for upcoming events and classes, which are sometimes free. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month for Community Day. Active or Retired service members get $1 off each ticket. SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid recipients get tickets for $3 each with ID and proof of participation.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
fpconservatory.org

Fussy Baby Network

Helps families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping or feeding. Call their Warmline for free to speak to an infant specialist. Services are available in English and Spanish. Visit the website for contact hours.
Erikson Institute
451 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
Warmline: (888) 431-2229
erikson.edu/services/fussy-baby-network/

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 the website for resources, programs and benefits.
grandfamilies.org

Gratitude Initiative

Provides educational support and college scholarships for children with a parent in military service or law enforcement. Scholarships exist for children whose parent was wounded or killed, active duty, honorably discharged or a law/corrections officer that was injured, killed, or died by suicide. Check the website for program requirements and application details.
101 Vintage Drive, Red Oak, Texas 75154
(817) 200-7465
gratitudeinitiative.org

Halt Violence

Non-profit offering mediation, violence intervention services, and mentorship. Develops healthy conflict resolution styles and productive work skills to youth and adults with a history of violent behavior or previous incarceration. If you or someone you know has a problem or conflict in your community that could result in unnecessary violence, call them to see if they can help. They also provide housing assistance for adults who are employed and have a felony criminal record.
East Columbus: 923 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
West/Hilltop: 2360 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 302-1640
haltviolence.org

Healthy Families America

Provides free support, advice and information for moms to help them have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and to be a great parent. Pregnant women or parents of newborns receive free developmental monitoring, screening and assessment, and referrals by home visiting professionals until the child’s third birthday.
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Referral Line: (614) 722-8222
familysafetyandhealing.org/services/home-visitation/hfa

Help Me Grow (HMG) Home Visiting Program

Program: Prenatal support, parenting education, developmental screenings, and linkage to community resources through home visiting services.
Eligibility: Women who are expecting and new parents 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: (614) 656-3322 or (800) 755-4769
Central Intake and Referral Form: odhgateway.odh.ohio.gov/ochids/public/refer

Their website also has information about child health, children with special needs, school readiness, safety, resources by county and parent rights.
helpmegrow.ohio.gov

Imagine America Foundation

Sponsors scholarships for students to attend career colleges or technical schools. Scholarships are available for high school graduates, military students, and adult learners with financial need. Their website has useful information on career exploration, and how to apply for scholarships and grants. Visit the website for contact information and to apply.
imagine-america.org

JAN (Job Accommodation Network)

Offers free guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, ADA and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Their website also has helpful information on a wide range of medical conditions with related resources and accommodations.
Voice: (800) 526-7234
TTY: (877) 781-9403
Text: (304) 216-8189
askjan.org

Kids in the House

Access thousands of free videos about parenting from a panel of experts including physicians, psychologists, neurologists and therapists. Videos span pregnancy through college with your child, with topics such as understanding the teen brain, childhood trauma, co-parenting, and more.
kidsinthehouse.com/playlists

KidsMates

Non-profit offering educational resources, survival skills, and a booklist for children facing parental incarceration. Visit their website for additional contact information.
kidsmates.org
Programs for Kids: kidsmates.org/programs

 

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio. Legal Aid attorneys may be able to help you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax law, veterans, and education. Their website also has a page of Resources with easy to read information on these topics.

  • Columbus Office: serves Franklin and Madison county
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374
  • Marion Office: serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411

columbuslegalaid.org

Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH)

A one-stop shop for housing resources in Licking County. Programs include transitional housing, rapid rehousing, help finding affordable housing, supportive services for veterans, and housing assistance for those recently released from a State of Ohio prison. Project Homeline is a homeless prevention program for families and individuals to receive one-on-one with a homeless prevention specialist, access case management services, and financial assistance. Their website has many resources for basic needs, healthcare, housing issues, and legal issues in Licking County. Call to schedule an appointment and confirm what paperwork you need to bring to the appointment.
Physical Address: 23 South Park Place, Suite 200, Newark, Ohio 43058
Mailing Address: PO Box 613, Newark, Ohio 43058
(740) 345-1970 or (877) 421-5224
lcchousing.org

Life Start

A licensed foster care agency serving children and adults up to age 21 with special needs and disabilities in Franklin County and its neighboring counties. Provides foster parent training, respite services, and on-call services for foster parents. Helps children with machine dependency, tube feeds, medically fragile conditions, autism and other special needs.
4889 Sinclair Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 478-5448
lifestartinc.com

Lighthouse Guild’s Vision Loss Tele-Support Network

Non-profit healthcare organization for visually impaired persons. Provides free tele-support groups, including groups for high school students with vision loss and for parents of those with vision loss. Groups meet weekly by phone to share experiences and discuss related topics. Lighthouse also has a Vision & Health Blog and podcast with helpful information, scholarships, and more.
(212) 769-6318
lighthouseguild.org

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

A faith-based organization serving individuals and families in Columbus. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, low-income families and individuals, and women struggling with substance use. Their adult mentorship program includes a weekly hot meal, job and finance mentoring, life coaching, and supportive services. They offer homework help, mentoring, and a summer day camp for at-risk youth ages 7-17. The Lower Lights Salon hosts free haircut events, and work training for women who have experienced addiction or incarceration.

lowerlights.org/home

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) 211 Central Ohio

Faith-based organization providing a wide range of services across Ohio. Services include Faith Mission homeless shelter, food, health care, affordable senior living and domestic violence help. Visit the website for detailed program information and to find an office near you. The United Way/LSS 211 Information and Referral network can connect you to other social services across Franklin County.

lssnetworkofhope.org

MASH (Military & Service Heroes) Pantry

Provides food, clothing, toiletries and hygiene items, emotional support and other resources to veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, military families and survivors.

  • MASH Pantry of Grove City
    2996 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123
  • MASH Pantry of Delaware County
    222 East William Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • MASH Pantry of Chillicothe
    Forest E. Everhart Memorial Golf Course
    17273 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
  • Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base: For military personnel on base only
    8302 S. Perimeter Road, Building 863, Columbus, Ohio 43217
  • Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC): For military personnel on base only
    3990 East Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213

Headquarters Address: 648 Clymer Road, Suite 113, Marysville, Ohio 43040
(614) 522-1555
mashpantry.org

Mid-Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment (MOBILE)

Helps veterans and people with disabilities find information, support, and referrals for disability-related services. They also provide adaptive equipment loans, peer support groups, living skills classes and transition services.
1829 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 443-5936
mobileonline.org

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

Program: Agency providing mental health, substance abuse, and prevention services for individuals. Services include mental health assessment, counseling, psychiatry, home-based therapy, case management, municipal court services, and telehealth. Special Programs include Aggression Management, Alcohol and Drugs, Sexually Abusive Behavior Program, and Therapeutic Behavioral Services intervention program.
Elibility: Children, adolescents and individuals in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, and Delaware counties.
Cost: Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover, and self-pay. Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by parents, physician or organization

  • Franklin County: 2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 751-0042
  • Fairfield County: 106 Starret Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 687-0042
  • Licking County: 68 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 281-1777
  • Delaware County: 106 Stover Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 417-9265

mopsohio.com

Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

A faith-based veteran service organization that provides intensive peer-based programs for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress. Their program in Columbus is held at The Wilds, and application is required. They also offer events, workshops and share information on other resources for veterans. Visit the website for additional contact and application information.
PO Box 1405 Montgomery, Texas 77356
(832) 205-8550
mightyoaksprograms.org

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

Supports military-connected children and addresses education challenges associated with military lifestyle. They offer professional development services, educational webinars for parents, and digital resources for families to plan for transitioning schools, mental health challenges, and more.
909 Mountain Lion Circle, Harker Heights, Texas 76548
(254) 953-1923
militarychild.org

Military OneSource

Provides access to service-specific news and resources that support military families. They also offer 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. Their website has lots of resources for families for moving, adoption, legal help, retirement planning, spouse education, and more.
(800) 342-9647
militaryonesource.mil

Moms2B

A weekly prenatal education and support program for pregnant women. Free transportation to the meeting, childcare, food, and additional incentives for attendance are included in the program.

  • Moms2B East
    Ohio State University Hospital East – Wallace Auditorium
    1441 Phale D. Hale Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43203
  • Moms2B Linden
    New Salem Baptist Church
    2956 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Moms2B North
    Epworth United Methodist Church
    5100 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • Moms2B Southeast
    New Birth Christian Ministries
    3475 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
  • Moms2B Franklinton
    Mount Carmel West – Healthy Living Center
    777 West State Street, Building 2, Columbus, Ohio 43222

(614) 292-1605
wexnermedical.osu.edu/moms2b

Mothers Helping Mothers

A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering teen mothers from ages 12-24. They offer housing referrals, childcare resources, free clothing and baby items, parenting skills, health and nutrition classes, and mentorship programs.
(614) 383-8180
mhmteen.org

Mount Carmel Healthy Living Center

Community health and wellness center providing free holistic health and wellness programs for everyone, empowering individuals to embrace long-term health behavior changes in a safe, inclusive space. Programs include cooking and nutrition, community meetings, diabetes prevention, exercise classes, wellness and stress management, financial education, healthy babies, and mom support groups. Go online to find healthy recipes, program descriptions, and to register for a program.
(614) 234-4660
777 West State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
mountcarmelhealth.com/about-us/community-benefit/outreach-programs/healthy-living-center

My Baby & Me at Columbus Public Health (CPH)

Free home-visiting program for families to get education and support on pregnancy and prenatal care, infant growth and development, breastfeeding support, and support for Moms struggling with depression or addiction. Dads/male partners can receive one-on-one mentorship and parenting education, health screenings, job support, budgeting support, and conflict resolution training. Families work with registered nurses and social workers, and the program provides referrals to additional services (like medical coverage, WIC, etc.).
(614) 724-2229
columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health/Find-Healthcare-Resources/Womens-Health-Family-Planning/My-Baby-and-Me

My Comfort Haven Discounts and Financial Resources for Military Families

Helps military families, children, and spouses find discounts on many different services and items. This guide is broken down into 6 different sections and explains what is needed in order to receive the discounts. Categories include retail, automotive, banking, healthcare, entertainment, and more.
mycomforthaven.com

My Future

This website helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together information about colleges, careers, and military service opportunities. Access helpful articles on writing a resume, job searching, planning for and paying for college, what to take to college, interview tips, military service, preparing for military life, and more. The website has helpful search tools to find high-demand jobs, colleges, and military job postings.
myfuture.com

MY Project USA

A faith-based organization working to protect and empower youth and families in underprivileged neighborhoods. They offer a food pantry, parent education, and community events. Their website has educational resources for parents on internet safety, abuse, and more. Youth programming includes a reading program for grades 1-9, youth soccer league, and free counseling and mentoring. The MY Helpline is a referral service for survivors and victims of gangs, trafficking, drugs, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and violence in Central Ohio.
3275 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 905-0977
MY Helpline: (614) 971-9375
myprojectusa.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County

Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness. Use their website to find support groups, educational opportunities, and resource lists. The NAMI Franklin County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program. Franklin County residents may call 9-1-1 and request a CIT officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 501-6264
Information and Referral HelpLine: (800) 950-6264
namifranklincounty.org
NAMI Ohio: namiohio.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

The nation’s largest child protection organization with many programs and resources for exploited and vulnerable children and families:

  • Missing Children: Find resources on what to do if your child goes missing, and a searchable database of AMBER Alerts and missing child posters to help locate your child. NCMEC can assist with reunification, and families may qualify for transportation at low or no cost to them once their children are recovered. Call the 24/7 Tipline for help.
    (800) 843-5678
    What to Do If Your Child Is Missing: missingkids.org/gethelpnow/isyourchildmissing
    Search for Missing Children: missingkids.org/gethelpnow/search
  • CyberTipline: A centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. Anyone can call or go online 24/7 to report a missing child, child enticement, pornography, sexual abuse, trafficking, or misleading internet content.
    (800) 843-5678
    report.cybertip.org
  • Take It Down: A service that can help remove online nude or explicit photos from the internet that were taken before the age of 18.
    takeitdown.ncmec.org
  • Team HOPE: Matches individuals and families who have experienced sexual exploitation with trained, lived-experience peer volunteers to provide compassionate support.
    (866) 305-4673
    missingkids.org/gethelpnow/support/teamhope
  • Family Advocacy Outreach Network: Can help families find resources like specialized mental health therapists and attorneys.
    (877) 446-2632
  • Education: The website has important information and printable educational materials on topics like recovering from abuse, support for siblings and family members, Autism and wandering, family abduction, sextortion, and more. NCMEC provides professional safety trainings, such as Code ADAM. NetSmartz is a website for middle and high schoolers with fun resources, videos, and games on healthy relationships and internet safety.
    NetSmartz: missingkids.org/NetSmartz/home

Main Website: missingkids.org/home

National Military Family Association (NMFA)

Supports military families through research, advocacy, and programming. Their website has information and resources for military families on topics including education and career, deployment, adoption, marriage and divorce. They offer Military Spouse Scholarships for degrees from GED to PhD, continuing education, and more. They host Operation Purple family summer camps and retreats. The Bloom Military Teens programs hosts a blog for military teens to share experiences, artwork, and access resources.
(703) 931-6632
NMFA website: militaryfamily.org
Bloom Military Teens: bloommilitaryteens.org

National Park Service Interagency Pass

Each pass covers entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers. Free Interagency Passes are available for 4th graders, senior citizens, US military families, and individuals with permanent disabilities. Find program details and park locations on their website.
(202) 208-6843
nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

National Veterans Memorial & Museum

The only museum in the United States dedicated to preserving the stories of veterans from all branches of service. Visitors can experience a narrative journey of veterans’ stories through history, explore curated exhibitions, and enjoy community events. Rally Point is a monthly meeting for connecting and educating veterans and their loved ones, and they offer free Jiu Jitsu and Yoga classes for veterans or civilians. The website also has resources for veterans and Gold Star Families for mental health, educational opportunities, and more.
300 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 362-2800
nationalvmm.org

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: Offers an array of therapeutic services for youth and families including; foster parent training, kinship care and adoption support, community-based and home-based behavioral/mental health services, group living care, independent and transitional living services, case management, substance abuse treatment, services for sexually reactive children, and services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
Eligibility: 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

  • Administrative Office: 1801 Watermark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (877) 692-7226
  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420
  • 1395 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 987-7200
  • 59 Grant Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511
  • Adoption Services: (937) 277-6101

nyap.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD)

Serves: Children 16-30 months for diagnostic screening, Children ages 2-22, Parents, and Families. 
Provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care focusing on evidence-based treatment, education, research and advocacy for children with the diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Services include diagnostic assessment, behavioral intervention, outpatient psychotherapy, and ABA team services. Find details about services and eligibility online. They also host the following programs:

  • Project SEARCH: 9-month workplace internship for Central Ohio students in their last year of high school who have Autism and/or Intellectual Disability with Complex Social and Communication Needs.
  • Triple P Stepping StonesIndividual or group classes for parents with children under 12 years old struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges of ASD.
  • Sibshops: Siblings of children with autism and other developmental delays (ages 6 to 12) participate in fun activities to explore feelings and better understand their sibling.
  • Adolescent Transition ProgramsIncludes Camp RISE summer program, CARE coping and relaxation group, iWork summer job skills program, and Social Skills Group.
  • Complex Behavior Program: Teaches effective strategies for parents to help reduce dangerous or problematic behavior patterns, and build coping skills.

187 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
For an Autism Diagnostic Screening: (614) 355-8080
For all other Autism resources: (614) 355-7570
nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/center-for-autism-spectrum-disorders

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Connecting Families

A hospital-wide family-to-family (peer-to-peer) mentor program. Connecting Families reaches patients of all diagnoses to link them with a family who has been through a similar treatment paths or life situations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6747
nationwidechildrens.org/connecting-families

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities. Find courses on everything from babysitting and parenting to CPR training, autism and diabetes. Classes include:

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Health e-Hints Newsletter

A free 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 child(ren), you will only get articles that are relevant to your family.
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) International Adoption Clinic

Offers families a wide range of services before, during, and after adoption. Clinic physicians are experienced in addressing the physical, psychological and developmental challenges that can be unique to international adoption, and will help you craft a plan of care for your child. Most insurance plans are accepted.
433 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43082
(614) 355-6050
nationwidechildrens.org/international-adoption-clinic

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Proud Linden Parent

Free parenting program for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-8 who live in zip codes 43211 and 43224. Participants connect with other parents in the community at various locations in Linden for 11 weeks, and learn skills for raising young children.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-9327
nationwidechildrens.org/about-us/population-health-and-wellness/healthy-neighborhoods-healthy-families/neighbors/linden/proud-linden-parent-program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Support Groups

Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need. Call for more information about program specifics. Not all programs are listed online, call Case Management Team if you are interested in finding a group that suits your family’s needs.

  • Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Disease Online Community
    (614) 722-5622
  • Bariatric Surgery Patient Support Group
    (614) 722-5949
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Support Group
    (614) 962-6366
  • Celiac’s Gluten Free Gang
    (614) 722-3093
  • Endocrinology Patient and Parent Focus Group
    (614) 722-6325

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Case Management Team: (614) 722-6300
nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/support-groups

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Teen Pregnancy Program (TaP)

Offers prenatal and postpartum care for pregnant women up to the age of 21 and 6 months. 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. The Centering Pregnancy program provides group care, education, and an opportunity for young moms to meet.

Teen & Pregnant Program- Livingston Ambulatory Center
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 355-6350
Centering Pregnancy: (614) 722-6200
nationwidechildrens.org/teen-and-pregnant

Necco

Private therapeutic organization that offers foster parent training, foster to adopt, counseling and behavioral health services, independent living, and residential care.
515 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43215
Foster Care: (614) 444-2273
Behavioral Health Services: (614) 347-3982
necco.org
facebook.com/NeccoColumbusOH

Nemours Teens Health

This website has a lot of information for teens that covers various health topics such as depression, relationships, staying safe, sexual health, smoking, coping with cliques, binge drinking, dealing with an alcoholic parent, marijuana use, body image and much more. There is also information for parents and educators.
teenshealth.org/en/teens

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

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. Offers annual, virtual conference for parents, professionals, and adults with lived experience. Families can search their database of parent groups to find support groups in the area.
970 Raymond Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
(651) 644-3036
nacac.org

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

Provides free pregnancy support, developmental monitoring, screenings and assessments, and referrals for identified services for first-time pregnant prior to 28 weeks gestational age of the baby. Participants must meet income eligibility.
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Referral Line: (614) 722-8222
familysafetyandhealing.org/services/home-visitation/nfp

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles ID R Kids

Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children at any Deputy Registrar BMV location. Parents of children who have an Ohio ID card can also add their contact information to their child’s record for use in the event the child becomes lost or is reported missing. The fee is waived for children under age 17 with a disability.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(844) 644-6268

Ohio ID Card Info: bmv.ohio.gov/dl-id-card.aspx
Find a location near you: publicsafety.ohio.gov/local-office

Ohio Cares for Military Families

Connects military personnel, veterans, and their families to behavioral health services, including services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers. 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. Their website also has resources for job assistance, legal help, and a resource map to find help near you.
Ohio Department of Veterans Services: (614) 644-0898
24/7 Veteran Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1 or Text 838255
ohiocares.ohio.gov

Ohio Children’s Alliance

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 advocacy information.
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
(614) 461-0014
ohiochildrensalliance.org

Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF)

Provides statewide advocacy, funding, and educational resources for parents and professionals to prevent child abuse and neglect. Programs include Parent Cafe support groups for parents and free online positive parenting class (Triple P). Browse their website for informational articles related to parenting.
(614) 387-5478 or (614) 722-5305
To report child abuse in Ohio: (855) 642-4453
Triple P: Positive Parenting Program
Central Ohio Website: Regional Prevention Councils/Central
Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Website: octf.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/octf

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Kinship Care

Click to view their kinship care book, with general information about kinship care, and material resources for relatives and non-relatives taking over the full-time care of a child. More resources and information can be found at the website below.
(614) 466-1213
fosterandadopt.jfs.ohio.gov/kinship-care

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Learning, Earning & Parenting (LEAP)

Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance and case management. Students must be under the age of 20 and working on earning either their GED or high school diploma.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(844) 640-6446
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/cash-assistance
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (ODRC) Reentry Resource Center

Agency providing information to reduce recidivism. Find information on visitation, reentry services, and victim services.
4545 Fisher Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 387-0588
drc.ohio.gov/reentry

Ohio Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Program

This federally-funded, state-administered program helps youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.
General: (855) 471-1931
Education Services: (219) 426-2166
ETV Program: fosteredservices.org/ohio-etv
Foster to Success Programs: fc2success.org

Ohio Family 2 Family (Ohio F2F)

Ohio F2F staff are parents of children with special healthcare needs helping other parents. Family members of someone with a disability are matched to an experienced, trained support parent. They offer one to one support virtually and in-person, and hold training events for families and professionals.
(513) 803-5557
ohiof2f.org/ohiop2p

Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA)

Educates, supports, and advocates for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families impacted by Ohio’s child protection system. Provides educational resources, virtual family support groups, and a Warmline to get support. Keeps members up to date on the latest news related to foster care and adoption.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-2712
Warmline: (800) 228-3014
ofcaonline.org

Ohio Foster Care & Adoption

Provides foster care and adoption education and resources. Get current information about new adoption laws, changes in policy, upcoming Ohio adoption community events and resources to help birth families. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Families and Children provides a 40-page adoption guide with information about the adoption process in Ohio.

fosterandadopt.jfs.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ofc

Ohio Guidestone

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Provides a variety of behavioral health services for adults and families throughout Northern and Central Ohio. Services include psychiatry, respite care, job training, care coordination, foster parent training and support, substance abuse and addiction recovery and more.
General Information: (844) 622-5564
Cuyahoga County Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595
Services: ohioguidestone.org/services
Locations: ohioguidestone.org/locations

Ohio Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC)

State committee supporting Ohio troops and military families. Use their website to find links to employment assistance, family resources, financial assistance and veterans services; contact information for Soldier and Family Readiness, Family Programs, Employment Support, and Financial Counselor Offices across Ohio.
2825 West Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 309-7884
homefront.ohio.gov/home

Ohio Military Kids (OMK)

Offers programs for military youth and families through Ohio State University 4-H Youth Development. Hosts events, family summer camps, teen leadership camps, and military family meet-ups. They can also connect military families to resources for reintegration, education, and emergency assistance.
(614) 247-8160
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/ohio-military-kids

Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program Youth Programs

Provides a space for service members, their families and kids to meet and support one another.
2825 West Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 336-7274 or (614) 336-4214
ong.ohio.gov/frg/FRG_youthprograms.html

Ohio Network for Military Families & Veterans

Educational resources for military families by the Ohio Department of Education. Find information on supporting military youth in school, transition resources, and education license assistance for educators with military connections.
(614) 466-4109
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Ohio-Network-for-Military-Families-and-Veterans

Ohio PTA

Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) are networks of families and educators supporting children’s learning. The Ohio PTA offers annual $500 scholarships for high school seniors pursuing higher education at a college or university, a technical certification, or Special Education degree. Students must attend a school in a district with official PTA status to apply. The National PTA offer additional awards and programs. Their website has tons of helpful information for parents and educators on topics like special education, state assessments, college readiness, summer learning, safety, and more.
40 Northwoods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 781-6344
Ohio PTA: facebook.com/OhioPTA
National PTA: pta.org/home/family-resources

Ohio Reach

A network of foster alum, professionals, and schools across Ohio supporting higher education students with a history of foster care, kinship care, or out-of-home placement. The Ohio Reach scholarship is a renewable award given each semester, with applications due in the spring season. Emergency Funds are available for students needing financial assistance for an emergency or unexpected situation. Students can also contact the organization to get connected to other supportive services through their network. Visit the website to contact the organization or complete an application for scholarships / funds.
ohioreach.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of 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 Statewide Family Engagement Center

Provides training and educational resources for families to help support their child’s learning, emotional health, and plans for the future. They also build professional training and tools for school leaders, teachers, and community partners.
1900 Kenny Road, Suite 1036, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2805
ohiofamiliesengage.osu.edu

OhioKAN (Kinship & Adoption Navigator)

Is a flexible and responsive kinship and adoption navigator program designed to support children, youth and their families navigate and connect with all available resources, locally and statewide. Call or complete an online referral to complete a resource/needs assessment. OhioKAN is funded through Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS), one does not have to qualify for public assistance through ODJFS to access the services.
OhioKAN Direct Line: (844) 644-6526
ohiokan.jfs.ohio.gov
ohiokan.jfs.ohio.gov/make-a-referral

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.
(866) 886-3537
jfs.ohio.gov/safe-havens

Open Arms Adoptions

A licensed nonprofit 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.
Central Ohio Office: 11 North High Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
(614) 349-1510
openarmsadopt.com

Opportunity Port

Started by Columbus City Council as an initiative aimed at expanding employment and housing opportunities for residents of Columbus and Franklin County by sealing their criminal records. Opportunity Port does not provide legal advice but helps former offenders seal their record. Visit their website for more information and to contact the organization.
opportunityport.org

Oracle Health Foundation

Provides grants to help cover clinical, equipment, displacement, and vehicle modification costs related to children’s healthcare needs. They also provide Care Kits with age-appropriate personal care and comfort items for children going through life challenges such as foster care. Requests can be made through their website.
(816) 201-1569
oraclehealthfoundation.org/pediatric-grants

Ounce of Prevention

This toolkit contains helpful online handouts with nutritional and developmental information for parents and physicians of newborns to teens, to help prevent childhood obesity.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824 or (614) 644-7035
nationwidechildrens.org/ounce-of-prevention

Our Military Kids

Military Kids provides activity grants for families to pay for children’s (ages 3-18) sports, fine and performing arts, camps, and tutoring programs during a parent’s National Guard or Reserve deployment or combat-injury recovery. Find program details and apply online.
2911 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 203 Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 734-6654
ourmilitarykids.org

Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices (PERC)

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. They also link families to summer youth programs focused on healthy communication, emotional development, and self-confidence.
5175 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017
percdublin.org

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

This website offers helpful advice, extensive information about drug and alcohol use, free online trainings, and support groups for parents. Text, call or email the free and confidential helpline. Visit the website for contact information. Support is available in both English and Spanish.
711 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10017
(212) 841-5200
Hotline: Text CONNECT to 55753
drugfree.org/get-support

Pathways.org

Provides expert-based information about early childhood development from preemie/NICU to 6 years old. You can find lots of educational information on developmental milestones, parenting practices, early detection of developmental delays, and more. Resources include free online parenting courses, a free app, developmentally appropriate videos and games for children and families.
Toll-free Parent-Answered National Hotline: (800) 955-2445
pathways.org

Physicians Care Connection (PCC)

This medical organization helps adults age 19+ with healthcare challenges due to individual barriers. They serve individuals across Central Ohio, including Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Union and Madison counties. Translation services are available. Programs include:

  • Medical Clinic: Free & low-cost healthcare for the uninsured or underinsured, including help with prescriptions, primary care, specialty care, and dental services
  • Healthy Pregnancy Support: Connection to prenatal care and resources to prepare for bringing your baby home
  • Housing Stabilization & Eviction Avoidance Fund: Helps renters access financial assistance for those behind on rent or utilities
  • Addiction Support: Provides addiction support and connection to recovery services, including those for pregnant women
  • Family Coaching & Peer Support: Linkage to food services, social service referrals, employment support, education support and more

1390 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 884-2441
pcchealth.org

POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms)

Provides free peer support groups remotely and in-person around Columbus, education on pregnancy and postpartum depression (PPD) and related mood/anxiety disorders, referrals to appropriate mental health resources and providers. The POEM Rise program provides services exclusively by and for Black mothers. The website also has helpful links to other Mental Health America services, such as pro bono counseling. Use the Event Calendar to find the next support group.
(614) 315-8989
mhafc.org/get-help/maternal-mental-health

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Free parenting class for parents and caregivers of children 0-8 years old. Covers parenting concerns such as bedtime routines and managing challenging behavior. Triple P gives simple and practical strategies parents and caregivers can use to suit their own values, beliefs and needs. Serves Franklin, Crawford, Fayette, Richland, Delaware, Morrow, Fairfield, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Union, and Pickaway counties.
(614) 355-8099 or (833) 594-5437
nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/behavioral-health/for-families/triple-p

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

A national organization that provides support for moms and dads experiencing postpartum depression or emotional problems. They do not offer medical advice or treatment. They have free, virtual parent support groups for moms, dads, family members, queer and trans parents, military parents, adoptive and birth mothers, postpartum psychosis, and those experiencing lost pregnancy of death of a child.
Helpline: Call or text HELP to (800) 944-4773
Text en Español: 971-203-7773
Mental Health Emergency Line: (800) 273-8255
postpartum.net

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International

Professional organization promoting equine-assisted services. Their website is a great source of information about equine therapy and standards, and they provide credentialing for professionals. Families can use the website to find programs across the country based on location or medical condition. They also offer scholarships to cover the cost of equine programs. Their programs serve at risk youth, military veterans, individuals with developmental disabilities, and more.
PO Box 33150 Denver, Colorado 80233
(800) 369-7433
pathintl.org/

Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)

Advocates for and supports child protection program and public policy for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities. They also provide leadership opportunities for young people (aged 14-24) who have experienced foster care. Go online to find resources and information, referrals, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children through kinship care.
37 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-5802
pcsao.org

Red Treehouse

Online resource supporting families and children with challenges, disabilities, and healthcare needs from prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest.
redtreehouse.org

Safe Kids Central Ohio

Provides car seat inspections, educational resources, product recall information and safety tips to help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. Visit their website for a list of car seat inspection locations.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6138
Car Seat Inspection Sites: safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-central-ohio
Main Website: safekids.org

Sesame Street for Military Families

A comprehensive learning site for families and military children on topics like deployments, family health, relocation, grief, and more. There are educational materials written for kids, adults, and professionals. Find apps, games, vidoes, and printable activities and curriculums.
sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org

Sesame Street in the Communities

Provides information and videos to help children thrive and deal with issues that affect children’s lives. Resource topics include health and wellness, social-emotional skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, and school readiness. They offer videos, games, and worksheets for children to explore, and free webinars for parents and educators.

Sesame for Families: sesameworkshop.org/resources
sesamestreet.org/home

Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship

Serves individuals ages 5+ cognitive and physical disabilities such as autism, PTSD, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and others, through therapeutic horse riding. Programs include adaptive/therapeutic riding, independent riding, and Shane’s Calvary for veterans and their families.
7908 Myers Road, Centerburg, Ohio 43011
(740) 625-9324
shanecenter.org

Sparks Parenting Videos for Parents & Text Updates on What to Expect at Doctor Visits

Created by Mount Sinai Parenting Center, Sparks is a parent video series for parents of children from birth through 5 years of age. Sparks provides information about safety, sleep, nutrition, parent-child bonding, development and growth. This information is available in Spanish as well. You can also sign up to receive these videos by text! Parents will receive automatic text updates with your next video link as your child grows.
Text SPARKS to (844) 650-1210
sparksvideoseries.com/watch-now

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY) of Ohio

Provides therapeutic foster care, in-home and community-based behavioral health, adoption services, family preservation and reunification programs to preserve families and support youth. Anyone can make a referral. Their services help all ages from infant to 18+ throughout Ohio. They also offer free classes to support parents and guardians of youth participating in SAFY programs. Visit the website for other Ohio offices.
212 West Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 729-2024 or (888) 590-7239
safy.org/ohio

St. Stephen’s Community House

Faith-based community center serving the Linden-area community. Programs include rental and utility assistance, childcare for children 6 weeks to 5 years at Christ Child Early Learning Center, afterschool and summer programs, Kinship Aftercare, Family to Family empowerment program for families with open cases with FCCS, senior food and transportation, and more. They are also a Mid-Ohio Market site, providing a food pantry with Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Find program details online.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347
saintstephensch.org

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Behavioral health intervention and treatment services for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Program: Outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), telehealth, therapeutic preschools and after school programs, residential care, support for foster families, and specialized services for Hispanic/Latino children. Children with an autism diagnosis are eligible for outpatient mental health and play therapies.
Eligibility: Youth ages 3-18 years old.
Cost: Therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437
svfc.org

Stitched Together

Provides “Hope Cases” filled with comfort items and essentials for kids (newborn to 18 years old) entering the foster care system, with the goal of providing hope in an uncertain time. Foster families and kinship families can reach out when they are placed with a child coming into care for the first time. The program is free.
stitchedtogether.org

The Caregiver Space

A community of caregivers supporting other caregivers. They provide Facebook support groups for any and all people supporting the mental and/or physical health of another person. They offer topic-specific groups such as LGBTQIA+ caregivers, parents of children with disabilities or chronic illness, young caregivers, and more.
thecaregiverspace.org
facebook.com/TheCaregiverSpace

The Mother Ship

Serves: Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers of special-needs children.
Nonprofit operating in Central Ohio including Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, and Union Counties, supporting the needs of caregivers. They host fun events and gatherings for caregivers and provide financial assistance through grants that can be used towards their own school, medical needs, self-care, housecleaning, and more. Contact them online.
themothershipinc.com

Think Make Live Youth

Empowers youth in Columbus through equity and justice, bridge building, empowerment, belonging and fun. Programs include Guns DOWN group for ages 13-24 to heal from trauma and prevent violence, Unleashing Potential for ages 18-24 navigating the criminal justice system, and Summer Workforce for ages 14-24 to gain paid work and community service opportunities. Call for details.
(614) 323-9297
tmlyouth.org

Tourette Association of America

Nonprofit working to raise awareness, advance research, and provide support to patients and families impacted by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Find health information for kids, families, and professionals, toolkits on topics like bullying and transition to adult care, online events, and information on research and clinical trials. They also have online support groups for parents, teens, LGBTQ+, and Spanish-speaking community members.
42-40 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, New York 11361
(888) 486-8738
tourette.org

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

National nonprofit providing comprehensive resources for those grieving the death of a military or veteran loved one. They have lots of programs for youth, families, adults, parents, siblings, and partners. Programs include family camps, retreats, mentorship, support groups, online workshops, and more. They can also connect you to resources like casework, education support,  and counseling. Find program details on their website.
3033 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201
24/7 Helpline: (800) 959-8277
taps.org

Transracial Journeys

Provides practical tools and post-adoption support for parents of a different race than the children entrusted to them. They offer a monthly online support group for transracial adoptive parents, a monthly newsletter with resources and activities, and book recommendations for the family. They host an annual summer camp for families formed through transracial adoption to access post-adoption education and experience community. Contact the organization through the website.
transracialjourneys.org

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) IDEA

A law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation, IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible individuals 0-21 years old with disabilities. Their website has national resource directories, toolkits, and legal and advocacy updates.
osepideasthatwork.org

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs: Intercountry Adoption

US Department of State website with information about international adoption, including; current laws and legal aid, adoption agencies and accreditation information, passport & visa information, home-study information, post-adoption services, and more.
travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption.html

United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Family Services

Program: Provides foster care and adoption parent training, treatment foster care, outpatient mental health services, and intensive home-based treatment focused on anger management, independent living skills, and self-development.  Post-adoption services provide clinical counseling and support for adopted children who may be struggling with day to day functioning.
Eligibility: 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
431 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 855-5020
umchohio.org

United States of America Service Academy Forums

An online, community forum for prospective service academy members to ask questions about service academies (including Air Force Academy – USAFA, Coast Guard Academy – USCGA, Military Academy – USMA, Merchant Marine Academy – USMMA, Naval Academy – USNA, ROTC’s, and other publicly and privately-funded military colleges).
serviceacademyforums.com

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for communities of color in Central Ohio using culturally specific, evidence-based strategies. They offer anger management, domestic violence prevention and parenting classes for adults. Youth programming includes in-school, after-school, and summer camp. They also offer training opportunities for professionals and events for the community. Call or email the organization to register for a program.
700 Bryden Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9694 or (614) 403-3136
umadaopfc.com

USAGov

An official guide to federal information and services. Use the website to find helpful, easy-to-read information on topics like how the government works, government benefits, disability services, immigration and citizenship, taxes, legal issues and more. The website can also be used to register to vote, print tax forms or check on a tax refund, file a complaint, and other government-related tasks.
(844) 872-4681
usa.gov

Veterans Care Network (Formerly MVRC)

Helps veterans access resources to successfully manage life transitions, build independence, and regain confidence. Services include help with job searching and career coaching, obtain transitional housing, home repairs, financial assistance, transportation assistance, and a partnership with Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Call or fill out the form on their website for assistance.

  • Columbus Resource Center (serves veterans in Franklin, Delaware, Union, Fairfield and Licking counties)
    4889 Sinclair Road, Suite 104, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 636-4634 or (614) 230-0662
  • Chillicothe Resource Center
    (740) 835-5145
  • Hamilton Resource Center
    (513) 252-2395

milvetsrc.org

Village Network

Program: Juvenile court programs, residential treatment, crisis stabilization/intervention and assessment services, treatment foster care, respite care, outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services, intensive home based treatment, school-based mental health and prevention services
Eligibility: Ages 12 to 18
Cost: Government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance, self-pay with a sliding fee scale
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred through the court system or by an organization

  • 1751 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 253-8050
  • 14 Sandalwood Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-8850
  • 17606 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-7582

(800) 638-3232
thevillagenetwork.org

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services including early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, free health clinic, free legal clinic, food pantry, and immigration counseling services (DACA). Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, mental health counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5238
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Volunteers of America (VOA)

Provides supportive services for veterans and their families. Family supportive services include healthcare referrals, childcare help, legal aid, and temporary financial assistance for those who qualify. Their Veterans Resource Centers provide a stable transitional living environment and individual case management for veterans. Find program details online.

  • Veterans Resource Centers:
    • Columbus: 624 Harmon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
      (614) 849-0145
    • Cleveland: 775 E. 152 Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
      (216) 541-9000
    • Cincinnati: 7938 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
      (513) 322-5170
    • Dayton: 4100 W. Third Street, Building 400 P.O. Box 28047, Dayton, Ohio 45428
      (937) 253-7042
    • Sandusky: 1843 Superior Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
      (419) 626-6505
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Offices:
    • Columbus: 624 Harmon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
      (614)629-9960
    • Cleveland: 775 E. 152 Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
      (216) 302-2602
    • Dayton: 4100 W. Third Street, Building 400 P.O. Box 28047, Dayton, Ohio 45428
      (937) 253-7042
  • Central Ohio Main Office: 1780 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614)253-6100

voaohin.org/central-ohio

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Hosts programs for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, childcare, summer camps, juvenile justice, housing, and more.

  • YMCA Stable Families Service coordination Program: Families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help with household income, maintaining safe and stable housing, and academic achievement of school-aged children.
    (614) 219-9895
  • Juvenile Justice: Provides a structured and supervised environment for 6th to 12th grade students as an alternative to being suspended from school. Students must be referred by their school district.
    (614) 578-7568
  • Early Childhood/Childcare: Provides free childcare while parents use Y facilities, summer programs, early learning centers, preschool, Head Start, and more.
    (614) 689-2096
  • Housing: Provides housing stability services for adults facing homelessness in Columbus, Ohio.
    (614) 705-9151
  • Early Childhood Resource Network Plus (ECRN+): Programming for infants and children with special needs, apply online for an adaptive equipment loan.
  • Y Cares: Infant mortality reduction program for families expecting or with a baby under the age of 1, provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, formula, home-visiting, parent support groups, and counseling.
    (614) 689-2080

Administrative Office: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 389-4409
YMCA Locations & Contact Info: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
YMCA Columbus Website: ymcacolumbus.org

Younglife (Faith-Based Mentoring Programs)

Offers faith-based mentoring for youth ages 14-21 to experience fellowship and mentorship at various middle schools, high schools, and colleges in Central Ohio. They offer several groups for youth with special needs. The YoungLives program serves teen moms who are pregnant or parenting through mentorship, community, and a life with Christ. Go online for additional contact information and to get registered.
1200 Chambers Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 547-3167
YoungLives: (614) 329-3994
greatercolumbusoh.younglife.org

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Program: Provides behavioral health, early childhood, traditional and therapeutic foster care, pre- and post-adoption support and community respite services for youth and families around the central Ohio region.
Eligibility: Ages (4 and older) vary by service and intervention
Cost: Contact organization
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 258-9927

  • Foster Care Placement: (614) 313-2497
  • Behavioral Health Referral: (614) 285-3765
  • General Questions or Concerns: (614) 285-3754

yasohio.org

Youth Navigator Network

Offers free services for youth and young adults up to 23 years old who have had an open case with Children Services, have lived in a group home, have been in foster care, or have aged out of care. YNN Navigators work with clients one-on-one to connect them to important resources such as food and shelter, healthcare, education, parenting help, legal help, job services, and more. Flex Funds are available for those age 21-22 that have aged out of foster care, for one-time help paying for needs like housing, work uniforms, application fees, textbooks, and more. Text, call, or go online to connect with a YNN Navigator.
Ohio Department of Children & Youth
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Text (740) 639-5252
Call (833) 644-6966
ynn.ohio.gov

Zero to Three

Offers helpful information about behavior, development, care and education of infants in their first 3 years of life. Access free resources and articles to learn about prenatal care, what to expect as your child grows, how to deal with challenging behaviors, and evidence-based positive parenting practices.
(202) 638-1144
zerotothree.org


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