Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents and caregivers. They offer year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio, provide information about choosing quality child care, and help people who operate home-based childcare.
78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 in English & Spanish or (855) 302-4453 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 PTDD/Ohio Relay Service
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.
605 Global Way, Litnthilum, Maryland 21090
(888) 200-4005 Toll-free or (877) 236-7831 in Spanish
Gentle Care is a licensed adoption agency that specializes in private domestic adoptions. They provide adoption home studies and post-placement visits, services for adoptive parents and services for birth mothers. Their website has helpful information for those considering adoption and information about the six step process to adoption.
370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-0007 or (800) 824-9633 Toll-free
Provides respite care, on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth and youth with special needs 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.
Dublin Office: 5940 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010 or call (614) 584-1520 for After-Hours Referrals
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
Offers supportive services to men, women, young adults and families through their reentry, behavior health and developmental disabilities programs.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
Offers support programs, such as temporary financial assistance, award cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership, counseling and mental health. They award college scholarships to military veterans and their families, offer immediate assistance for household needs, utilities and food to military families. Also, they provide youth programming.
National Headquarters: 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Contact Information: legion.org/contact
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
(866) 892-2447 Toll-free
Anyone with young children in their life can use this website to learn about Ohio’s state early childhood programs, resources and agencies. There is helpful information about developmental milestones, screenings, emotional wellness tips, healthy pregnancy and more.
Child Care Search: childcaresearch.ohio.gov
Provides services for military families, children and youth with disabilities. Visit the website or call to find a listing of military locations and contacts to find local centers.
6316 South Twelfth Street, Tacoma, Washington 98465
(253) 565-2266 or (800) 572-7368
Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.
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 counseling, foster care services, transitional living services, visitation services, case management, alternative education day treatment, Permanent Family Solutions Network
Eligibility: males and females, 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.
Intake: (614) 384-7798 or (800) 859-5665, option 1 Toll-free
A free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, injured, ill and/or fallen military men and women. The camp is a week-long helps kids learn new skills, build character and make new friends while enjoying the outdoors. Complete their online application for enrollment or call the hotline below for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
A faith-based organization that provides family support services to help families thrive. Their services and programs include counseling, post adoption services, transitional housing for individuals and families fleeing from abusive homes; case management, food and emergency assistance and more. Their community center, Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, provides support to the Hispanic community in Central Ohio through food and emergency assistance, nutrition and English classes, and health, employment and legal referrals.
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.
Addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. They offer a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals (like counseling, medical services for foster children and community training programs) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Pregnant teens in Franklin County or teens who are parents, can call to get the help they need, including health care, parenting help, housing, education, child care and employment assistance, based on the individual needs of each teen. Services are by appointment only.
500 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Represents families who are in the process of adopting or have adopted children from China in the Columbus area. They have several support groups which focus on building peer relationships with other adopted children and provide advice and awareness to others who are trying to adopt children from China.
P.O. Box 554, Hilliard, Ohio 43206
Offers free resources and learning opportunities to providers engaged in primary and secondary prevention, child protective services and investigation, and multidisciplinary and inter-agency collaborations to promote the safety and well-being of children, youth and families.
Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County. Infants and children up to 5 years old may attend classes that focus on child development, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. They offer services for parents of children enrolled in their Head Start program.
1077 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Provides a lot of information and resources regarding foster care and adoption and was developed by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Users can search the national foster care and adoption directory to find foster care and adoption resources in their area.
1250 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC 20024
This national organization has a local chapter that offers support and guidance to children and adults with ADHD. Visit their website for contact and meeting information.
Program: support groups and educational events
Eligibility: males and females, teens and adults, no age or education requirements
Cost: some events are free and others require a small membership fee
Referral: no referral needed
ADHD Helpline: (800) 233-4050
National website: chadd.org
Provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Some of the classes they offer include: shaken baby prevention presentation, pregnancy and child birth education. They also provide childcare, study help and have a mini boutique, stocked with infant and toddler clothing, diapers, blankets, bedding, small equipment and other necessities needed to care for little ones.
Whitehall Church of the Nazarene
Physical Address: 739 South Yearling Road, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Mailing Address: PO Box 30241, Columbus, Ohio 43230
Franklin County Children Services and the Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have worked together to help inform people how to choose a partner who will be safe and helpful around their children. For more tips for parents and guardians click the link below.
Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Family Services & Choice Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Mentoring program between college single parent students and Columbus area high school teen girls and young women who are parenting or pregnant. They offer one-on-one mentoring and online group mentoring. They accept applications into the fall for the school year. This program is provided through The Ohio State University ACCESS Collaborative Program.
Mailing Address: 154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Physical Address: 84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Provides affordable housing and childcare to student parents. Qualified participants attend an accredited college or university full-time while residing in the Scholar House. The student parents receive supportive services through the OSU ACCESS Collaborative program to help them stay in school and maintain their grades while also providing for the needs of their children.
CPO (Community Properties of Ohio) Management
910 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 636-5254 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
650 Townsend, San Francisco, California 94103
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, workplace issues and consumer rights disputes. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
67 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing the following services:
Helps abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for children and help them obtain a safe, permanent home.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides free adoption resources and adoption facts. Their resource page contains information about domestic infant adoptions, international adoptions, financial help, special needs adoptions, foster care adoptions and more.
716 Mount Airyshire Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Program: Offers youth and their families mental, emotional and behavioral health programs and 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: male and female, ages vary per program
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 the counseling programs, for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor
Intake: (614) 294-2661
Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County
406 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
Works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. They offer direct representation of system-involved youth, advocacy, training and education.
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Legal Advice website: fylawhelp.org
Establishes, enforces, review and modifies child support orders so payments can be made. Termination of support orders can be done as well. They can also help with paternity establishment and health insurance coverage for children.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3275 or (614) 525-7697 TTY
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 2019 FCCS Community Resource Guide.
24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: (614) 229-7000
General Questions: (614) 229-7100
Handles all domestic relations matters, including protection for victims of domestic violence. Services include mediation services, 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 programs work to divert delinquent youth from going further into the Juvenile Justice System through prevention, intervention and treatment services. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone Directory: drj.fccourts.org/DRJ.aspx?PN=Quick_Phone_Directory.htm
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
Finalizes all adoptions in Franklin County. Those wishing to adopt are required to have a personal and home investigation to insure their suitability as adoptive parents. Their website has helpful information about starting the adoption process in Ohio.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Aims to prevent suicide and bring hope and support to those affected by suicide. On their website, they list prevention, intervention, crisis, and post-intervention suicide resources. They provide local and online training related to suicide prevention, and go over how to request a speaker to talk about suicide prevention and intervention. Visit the website for contact information.
Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families (including military families).
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
Helps families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping or feeding. Just call their warmline for free and an infant specialist will answer. Services are available in English and Spanish. Visit the website for contact hours.
451 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
Warmline: (888) 431-2229
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Provides national resources in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system. You can find information on current and pending laws, adoption, financial help, special guardian options and more. Visit GrandFacts for connections to local supports, resources, programs and benefits.
Provide support, advice and information moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby and to be a great mom. Pregnant women or parents of newborns receive free developmental monitoring, screening and assessment, and as needed referrals by home visiting professionals.
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-8224 or text at (614) 935-9439
Provides information for young adults, families and professionals related to foster care, health and health insurance.
(800) 433-9016, ext. 6273
Program: Prenatal support, parenting education, developmental screenings and linkage to community resources through home visiting services
Eligibility: women who are expecting their first child and mothers whose first child is under six months old and meet income guidelines
Cost: no cost to families
Referral: a parent, guardian, home visiting provider or professional
Their website has information about child health, children with special needs, school readiness, safety, resources by county and parent rights.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Referral Line for Central Ohio: (614) 656-3322
Central Intake and Referral System: odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/help-me-grow/Refer-to-Help-Me-Grow
Provides income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level. Visit the website or call for more information.
700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides assistance with reintegration, transitioning, careers and finances to members of the National Guard and their families. Helps connect individuals with family support programs, behavioral health support and any other services they may be eligible for.
Service Provider Network: jointservicessupport.org/spn
Create an online account to access thousands of videos about parenting. A panel of experts including physicians, psychologists, neurologists and therapists can guide you from pregnancy through college with your child. A unique blog post allows parents to connect and discuss the videos and struggles they may be going through.
The Children’s Defense Fund has published a resource kit for kinship caregivers that provides information on topics such as cash assistance, child care and education programs, health care and coverage, as well as other issues important to relative caregivers. They also have other programs and they advocate for legislation on behalf of children.
395 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.
As 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, they provide extensive foster family support. They help children with machine dependency, tube feeds, mental retardation, autism and other special needs.
1329 Cherry Way Drive, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Offers a free support network is for high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who have vision loss and their parents. Every week the group meets by phone to share experiences and ask questions. Enroll online.
250 West 64th Street, New York, New York 10023
A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, free meals, leadership training, tutoring and youth programs. They also provide housing, finance, employment, education, life coaching and addiction recovery services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Recovery Program: (614) 947 0497
Provides food, clothing, toiletries and hygiene items, emotional support and other resources to veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, military families and survivors.
Mailing Address: 648 Clymer Road, Suite 113, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Program: Provides mental health assessment, behavioral health counseling, community psychiatric supportive treatment, home-based therapy; as well as alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services, case management, municipal court services and prevention services.
Elibility: children, adolescents and families in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Delaware and Ross counties
Cost: Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover. Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by parents, physician or organization
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 individuals have to apply online. They also offer events, workshops and share information on other resources for veterans. Visit the website for contact information.
29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta, California 92563
Provide confidential counseling over the phone, in person and online for money management, parenting services, relocation, deployment and a variety of other services. All members of the National Guard and Reserve Component and all active-duty members of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force are eligible for services, some at no cost.
(800) 342-9647 Toll-free or 711 TTY/TDD
Helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. Services include mental / physical health resources, housing, legal, employment, training/education, transportation, financial help, and emotional or spiritual support.
Provides weekly prenatal education and support programs for pregnant women. Free transportation to program sessions can be provided as well as free child care, food and incentives for attendance.
Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness, and offer support to their families and close friends. Support groups and educational classes are available free of charge throughout Ohio for various ages and stages of development. Franklin County residents may call 9-1-1 and request a police officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues (a CIT officer). NAMI Franklin County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A nonprofit organization that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Provided on their website is an Eating Disorders Screening Tool and other resources and information. Their Parent Toolkit is a resource to get answers to questions and concerns. Parents can learn how to be supportive and get advice from other parents.
200 West Forty-first Street, New York, New York 10036
Information and Referral Helpline: (800) 931-2237
This booklet helps parents who think their child may have symptoms of bipolar disorder, or parents whose child has been diagnosed.
(866) 615-6464 Toll-free, available in English & Spanish or (866) 415-8051 TTY
Program: offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, community-based behavioral health services and home based services, respite care, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care, substance abuse counseling, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and parent services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 5 to 21
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else
(877) 692-7226 Toll-free
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
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. Example classes include:
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.
Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
In Spanish: healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org/Spanish
Offers families a wide range of services before, during and after adoption. The clinic physicians are experienced in addressing the physical, psychological and developmental challenges facing a child born in another culture. The International Adoption Clinic staff members have experience treating conditions that sometimes are associated with early care in crowded orphanages or foster care programs abroad. Most insurance plans are accepted.
433 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43082
Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need.
700 Childrens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers prenatal and postpartum care for pregnant women up too the age of 21 and 6 months. This program also focuses on the overall health of mother and baby which may include the entire family and the father-to-be. A multi-disciplinary team works to support safe infant care, birth control options, positive parenting and school/family balance. Parental consent required at first visit for patients under the age of 18.
Committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them, they offer information and support to adoptive families and prospective adopters. Families can search their database of parent groups to find support groups in the area.
970 Raymond Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
Provide 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.
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-8303 or text at (614) 917-9111
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.
Listings of Foster Care & Adoption Agencies in Ohio: fosterandadopt.jfs.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ofc/ohio-childcare-needs/service-provider-directory
Provides behavioral health services for National Guard members and their families, including the services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers. Go online to access resources or call the non-emergency resource information line. They can link military families to substance abuse treatment, counseling, suicide prevention services and support specifically geared toward veterans and service men and women and their families.
Non-emergency Information Line: (800) 761-0868
Vets for Warriors: (855) 838-8255
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
Helps parents understand what children are expected to learn in school and how to help them succeed, so families can choose a school for their child, get involved in their child’s learning and get information about learners with special needs and talents.
Houses birth and adoption records for people born in Ohio and adopted anywhere in the United States. Their website has a list of adoption laws and procedures that are used in Ohio, as well as the Ohio Adoption Registry, which provides a confidential and voluntary way for adopted Ohioans and their biological families to find one another.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Click to view their kinship care book, which helps relatives and non-relatives taking over the full-time care of a child. Caregivers may also call to request a copy of this useful resource guide. Some kinship families are eligible for cash payments if a judge has ruled that the child was abused, neglected, dependent or unruly.
4200 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 466-1213 or (866) 886-3537, option 4
Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance. 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
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50
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.
Foster Care to Success national website: fc2sprograms.org
They provide programs that educate, support, and advocate for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families impacted by Ohio’s child protection system. They keep members informed about the latest news related to adoption and foster care.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Warmline: (800) 228-3014
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.
Provides counseling and treatment services for children and adults, pregnancy and parenting support, respite care, domestic violence shelter, and foster care services; job training and placement, GED assistance, as well as substance abuse and addiction recovery that include peer support and housing, and more.
(800) 639-4974 Toll-free
Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595
Offers one-time events, summer camps and scholarships to support the youth of military families. Visit the website for contact information.
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
OMK Contacts: ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/operation-military-kids/about-omk/contact-omk
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
The Ohio National Guard has 6 regional Troop and Family Assistance Centers and 4 Wing Family Readiness Program Centers. These centers provide information resources, referrals, and assistance to all military members and their families. Services include: crisis intervention, financial resources, legal, community information, TRICARE, ID cards and Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
2825 West Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 589-9914 or (614) 336-7031
Provides birth parents the option to leave an infant (up to 30 days old) with a medical worker in a hospital, a medical worker at a fire department or other emergency service organization, or a peace officer at a law enforcement agency. If the infant is left with a person at one of these places, and has not been abused, the parent will face no legal consequences for making this choice. Call the Help Me Grow hotline for information and advice.
Help Me Grow: (800) 755-4769
Full service private adoption agency offers counseling from social workers to pregnant women who are thinking about adoption. They provide the needed services to families seeking to adopt infants or children from foster care. Services are given to birth parents, adoptive parents and all family members.
Central Ohio Office: 11 North High Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
A group of teachers and parents in Dublin City Schools who provide education designed to keep youth safe and healthy. Underage drinking, internet safety, bullying and eating disorders are some of the topics they focus on. Presentations are free and open to the general public.
7030 Coffman Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Provide free peer support groups at various locations around Columbus, education on pregnancy and postpartum depression (PPD) and related mood/anxiety disorders, and information and referrals to appropriate resources in the area. Go online to find out more about postpartum depression, survivor stories and helpful links.
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Support Line: (614) 315-8989
Offers free classes for parents and caregivers of children 0 to 8 years old. Topics cover parenting concerns such as obedience, bedtime routines and shopping frustrations. It also helps parents manage behavior and prevent problems from happening in the first place. Triple P gives simple and practical strategies parents and caregivers can use to suit their own values, beliefs and needs.
(614) 355-8099 or (833) 594-5437 Toll-free
Advocates for and supports child protection program and public policy for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities. 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
A foster care alternative for children and parents. Local families volunteer to host children in their home for a few days or a few weeks, while the parent can recover from difficult circumstances or emergencies. The families complete an approval process that includes training, background checks, references and a home assessment. Hosted children are monitored by one of their Family Coaches and the child’s parents.
296 West Fourth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio
Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.
Professionals work with teens and young adults (ages 14 to 22) with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or (877) 521-2682 Toll-free
Provides therapeutic foster care, in-home and community-based behavioral health, adoption services; family preservation and reunification programs, and older youth services to preserve families and strengthen youth. Anyone can make a referral. Their services help youth from infant to age 18 and older 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.
Columbus Office: 4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 729-2024 or (888) 590-7239 Toll-free
Provides mental health intervention and treatment services to youth ages 3-18 and their families who have emotional and behavioral challenges. Their specialized behavioral health treatment services include: outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), therapeutic preschools and after school programs, support for foster families and more. They provide the same services to Hispanic / Latino children. Therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
Works to advance the behavioral health and reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness. The service locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. The website also offers free apps, and parents resources on a wide range of topics for free.
National Helpline: (800) 662-4357 or (800) 487-4889 TTY
This website focuses on teens, and answers questions about relationships, parenthood, education, housing, legal rights, LGBT, foster care, immigration, money management and more. There is an online FAQ to help youth and young adults learn about their rights and responsibilities and other information they need to move with confidence through adulthood.
Provides support to family members that have experienced the loss of a loved one in the military. A 24-hour hotline is available as well as a peer mentor program to connect with other survivors or people who have had similar experiences. Sign up online for a mailing list that includes their magazine as well as information on other helpful resources and counseling available.
3033 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201
24/7 Line: (800) 959-8277 Toll-free
Has information about intercountry adoption, U.S. visas and specific country information.
2201 C Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20522
Program: Provides foster care and adoption services, addresses anger management, independent living skills, and self-development. Also assists families in preparing for adoption. Post-adoption services provide clinical counseling and support for adopted children who may be struggling with day to day functioning.
Eligibility: males and females, ages 3 to 18
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
431 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides group mentoring, leadership programming and prison transportation for youth ages 5-17 whose parent is incarcerated. The group mentoring engages them in fun activities and provides them with a safe environment to discuss various topics. And their Generational Leadership program provides youth with tools to help develop their communication skill sets to help foster healthy relationships. All services are free, except the prison transportation. The minimal fee varies depending on the prison location.
464 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
2720 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
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: males and females, 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
Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services. Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), Ohio Benefit Bank counseling, programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
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.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers helpful information about behavior, development, care and education of infants in their first 3 years of life. Learn what to expect as your child grows and how to deal with challenging behaviors.
1255 Twenty-third Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037