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Parenting / Foster Care / Adoption

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents and caregivers; and provide professional support to child care providers. They also 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
(800) 750-0750 PTDD/Ohio Relay Service
actionforchildren.org
afclearning.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 by Gentle Care (AGC)

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.
370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-0007 or (800) 824-9633 Toll-free
adoptionbygentlecare.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

Adriel School

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, Suite A, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(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
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
aliciasclosetcolumbus.org

America Saves

Provides information and resources that motivates, encourages, and supports people to help with money management, reduce debt and build wealth.
Consumer Federation of America
1620 Eye Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 387-6121
americasaves.org
Military Saves: militarysaves.org
America Saves for Young Workers: americasavesforyoungworkers.org

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.
National Headquarters: 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
legion.org
Contact Information: legion.org/contact

Andrews House

This community service center provides various free programs and services like dinners, a legal clinic, a mobile food market, summer lunch program, tax help and a supervised visitation program.
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 actually speak. This website is full of free resources, including free videos, flash cards and tutorials.
(855) 827-5275
babysignlanguage.com

Bair Foundation

Offers several services, including foster care, foster-to-adoption and kinship care services. They also provide respite care and other supportive services for their foster families.
Local Office: 665 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 846-6265 or (888) 705-3577 Toll-free
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) 839-2447 or (866) 892-2447 Toll-free
bbbscentralohio.org/programs

BOLD Beginning! Ohio Early Childhood Programs

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.
boldbeginning.ohio.gov
Child Care Search: childcaresearch.ohio.gov

Branch Military Parent Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC)

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.
branchta.org
Region C Contacts: branchta.org/region-c-military-installations-and-contacts

Bridges to Success

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.

  • Central Region
    (614) 655-8259
    Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Vinton
  • Southeast Region
    (614) 869-3889
    Counties:  Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Washington

bridgestosuccess.jfs.ohio.gov

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
*Message & data rates apply. Text STOP to 274448 to stop. Text HELP to 274448 for help.
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
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
    (614) 875-2371
    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
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Residential programs, Outpatient counseling, and Training
  • West Broad (Hilltop)
    2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Same Day Access, The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek, Outpatient Counseling, Home-Based Services, and Multisystemic Therapy Team (MST)
  • Columbus – My Place
    1625 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Transitional Living Facility
  • Newark
    195 Union Street, Suite B-3, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (800) 859-5665

Intake: (614) 384-7798
buckeyeranch.org

Camp Corral

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
(855) 605-1267
campcorral.org

Caregiver Action Network

Contact their Caregiver Help Desk to get help finding information on navigating complex caregiving challenges. Their website also provide helpful resources to support family caregivers.
Caregiver Help Desk: (855) 227-3640
caregiveraction.org

Catholic Social Services

A faith-based organization that provides family support services to help families thrive. Their services and programs include counseling, post adoption services, support for individuals and families fleeing from abusive homes; case management, food and emergency assistance, meals; clothing assistance, English classes, legal and immigration consultations, and more.

  • Columbus
    197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-5891
  • West Columbus
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
    409 Industry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 340-7061
  • Newark
    1031 Brice Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 345-2565
  • Zanesville
    Physical Address: 422 Main Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    Mailing Address: PO Box 3446, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    (740) 452-5057
  • Portsmouth
    St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
    2311 Stockham Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 353-3185

colscss.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

Addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. They offer community training and a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals (like counseling and medical services for foster children) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205

  • General: (614) 722-8200
  • Adult Counseling Services: (614) 722-8293
  • Child Assessment Center: (614) 722-3278
  • Child & Family Counseling: Intake – (614) 722-8212 or Questions/Concerns – (614) 722-8210
  • Fostering Connections Program: (614) 722-6789

familysafetyandhealing.org

Center for Healthy Families

Pregnant teens in Franklin County or teens who are parents, can call to get the help they need, including health care, parenting help, housing, education, child care and employment assistance, based on the individual needs of each teen. Services are by appointment only.
500 South Front Street, Suite 930, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 884-4200
centerforhealthyfamilies.org

Central Ohio Families with Children from China (COFCC)

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, HilliardOhio 43206
(614) 638-6871
centralohiofcc.org

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth. Some programs include:

  • 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.
    40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 410-1898
  • HireLevel Promotions
    Trains and employs teens in embroidery, screen printing and direct-to-garment printing.

    1256 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 467-4242
  • HireLevel Auto
    Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
    2915 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 237-7300
  • Point Break
    Facilitates anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program is highly effective in helping teens develop compassion for each other.
    (614) 582-5377
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries
    Offer spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers.

(614) 848-4870
coyfc.org

Child Abuse & Neglect Technical Assistance & Strategic Dissemination (CANTASD) Center

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.
cantasd.acf.hhs.gov

Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

CCAMPIS program authorized by the Higher Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education, supports the participation of low-income parents in college through the provision of childcare services for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. Along with childcare they are provided with priority scheduling, mentoring/coaching and referrals to connect you and your family to university and community resources and services.
84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 247-7092
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

Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) of Columbus

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: 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
columbuschadd.weebly.com
National website: chadd.org

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

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
(614) 477-1426
chloeinc.org

Choose Your Partner Carefully

Franklin County Children Services and the Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have worked together to help inform people how to choose a partner who will be safe and helpful around their children. For more tips for parents and guardians click the link below.
childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov/publications/parenting-tips.cfm

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services & Choice Food Pantry help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation; as well as clothing, and helps with employment.
  • 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 relative caregivers of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent.

Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
Family Services & Choice Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-8118
clintonvillecrc.org

Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF)

Provides education, access to resources and tools for adoptive families. Visit the website for contact information.
facebook.com/coalitionofadoptivefamilies

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

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
(614) 247-7092
odi.osu.edu/champs

Columbus Scholar House

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
cpoimpact.org/scholarhouse.aspx

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

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
(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.
67 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-7191
communitymediation.com

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Provides free adoption resources and adoption facts. Their resource page contains information about domestic infant adoptions, international adoptions, financial help, special needs adoptions, foster care adoptions and more.
716 Mount Airyshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 275-3832
davethomasfoundation.org

Dealhack Military Discount Guide

A free guide of product brands that offer active-duty military and veteran discounts. They independently verify each and every store on this list.
dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

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: ages (from 6 weeks old up to 21 years old) 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

  • DFYF Main Office
    1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • DFYF East Office
    3616 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center
    657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center
    3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Dungarvin Ohio

A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, residential services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County
294 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
dungarvin.com/locations/ohio

Family & Youth Law Center (FYLaw)

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. Many offerings are free.
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6730
familyyouthlaw.org
Legal Advice website: fylawhelp.org

Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)

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
support.franklincountyohio.gov

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 2020 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 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
helpmykid.org
facebook.com/FranklinCountyFCFC

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 Suicide Prevention Coalition (FCSPC)

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.
franklincountyspc.org

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer year-round hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. 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
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Fussy Baby Network

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.
Erikson Institute
451 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
Warmline: (888) 431-2229
erikson.edu/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 GrandFacts for connections to local supports, resources, programs and benefits.
grandfamilies.org

Healthy Families America

Provide free 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 until the child’s third birthday.
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-8224 or text at (614) 935-9439
familysafetyandhealing.org/programs-and-services/prenatal-and-home-visiting-services/healthy-families-america-draft

Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA)

Provides information for young adults, families and professionals related to foster care, health and health insurance.
(800) 433-9016, ext. 6273
aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-foster-care-america

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 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 also 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: (614) 656-3322 or (800) 755-4769
helpmegrow.ohio.gov
Central Intake and Referral System: odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/help-me-grow/Refer-to-Help-Me-Grow

IMPACT Community Action

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.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed (AMP program), workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1038
  • AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1709 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp
Franklin County Housing Stabilization Coalition: stablehousingcoalition.org

Kids in the House

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

Kinship Care Resource Kit

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

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, foreclosure, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office: (serves Franklin and Madison county)
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or (888) 246-4420 Toll-free
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374 Toll-free
  • Marion Office: (serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county)
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free

columbuslegalaid.org

Life Start

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, Suite 600, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 478-5448
lifestartinc.com

Lighthouse Guild’s Vision Loss Tele-Support Network

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 Sixty-fourth Street, New York, New York 10023

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, low-income families and individuals, and females with substance use disorders. They also provide free meals, tutoring and youth programs, finance, employment, education, life coaching, hair and beauty salon services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223

  • (614) 228-3855
  • Recovery Program: (614) 947 0497
  • Lower Lights Salon: (614) 928 3398

lowerlights.org
lowerlightssalon.com

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, affordable housing for seniors, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women, men and their children escaping intimate partner violence, disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training, transitional job training and more. They provide services in multiple counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 228-5200
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations

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.
Mailing Address: 648 Clymer Road, Suite 113, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Physical Addresses:

  • Victorious Living Christian Center
    2996 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123
  • Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base
    7370 Minuteman Way, Building 875, Columbus, Ohio 43217
  • Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC)
    3990 East Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
  • MASH Pantry & Resource Center of Delaware County
    222 East William Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015

(614) 522-1555
mashpantry.org

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

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, 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: 624 East Main 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
  • Ross County: 114 Renick Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 851-4461

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 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
mightyoaksprograms.org

Military Kids Connect

An online resource created to help military youth ages 6-17 build resilience and cope with the challenges of military life. There is also information and tools for parents/guardians and educators.
militarykidsconnect.health.mil

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.
(800) 342-9647 Toll-free or 711 TTY/TDD
militaryonesource.mil

Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC)

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.

  • Headquarters
    6500 Busch Boulevard, Suite 255, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 230-0662
  • Columbus Resource Center (serves veterans in Franklin, Delaware, Union, Fairfield and Licking counties)
    4889 Sinclair Road, Suite 104, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 636-4634

milvetsrc.org

Moms2B

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.

  • Moms2B East
    Ohio State University Hospital East – Wallace Auditorium
    181 Taylor Avenue, 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 South
    Community Development for All People
    946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
  • Moms2B Southeast
    New Birth Christian Ministries
    3475 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
  • Moms2B Weinland Park
    Grace Missionary Baptist Church
    1182 North Sixth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
  • Moms2B Franklinton
    Mount Carmel West – Healthy Living Center
    777 West State Street, Building 2, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Moms2B Hilltop
    Hillcrest Baptist Church
    2480 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204

(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, personal development and goal setting, free clothing and baby items, parenting skills, health and nutrition classes, mentorship, case management and parent advocacy, and free HIV and STD testing. Visit the website for additional contact information.
PO Box 30181, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 383-8180
mhmteen.org

My Baby & Me at Columbus Public Health (CPH)

Free program for families where they can receive information about pregnancy health, women’s and infant health, infant growth and development, safety, nutrition, breastfeeding, immunizations, and safe sleep. Additionally, fathers/male partners can receive one-on-one case management and parenting education. The program allows participants to work with registered nurses, social workers, and community outreach workers and provides support and referrals to additional services (like medical coverage, WIC, etc.).
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 724-2229
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Newborn-Home-Visiting/My-Baby-and-Me

My Project USA

A faith-based organization that support Muslim youth and families through youth development programs, parent education, help victims and at-risk individual of violence and abuse.
3036 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 905-0977
Hotline: (844) 843-5737
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, and offer support to their families and close friends. Support groups, respite care 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
(614) 501-6264
Get help now: Call (800) 686-2646 or text ‘NAMI’ to 741741
namifranklincounty.org
NAMI Ohio: namiohio.org

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

This booklet helps parents who think their child may have symptoms of bipolar disorder, or parents whose child has been diagnosed.
(866) 615-6464 Toll-free, available in English & Spanish or (866) 415-8051 TTY
nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder-in-children-and-teens/index.shtml

National Military Family Association (NMFA)

Support military families by offering help fund education, career, or business goals for military spouses; as well as provide summer camp experiences for military kids and general information on adoption, deployment, kids education, marriage, divorce and more.
2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 931-6632
militaryfamily.org

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Serves: Youth & Teens
Program:
 offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, kinship care, parent education, community-based and home-based behavioral/mental health services, group living care; independent and transitional living services, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care; substance abuse treatment, services for sexually reactive children and youth and 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

  • 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
  • 15 North Third Street, Suite 300, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511
  • 2112 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 755-4500

1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 692-7226 Toll-free
nyap.org

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. Example classes include:

  • Active Parenting
  • Adoption Academy – collaboration with Family & Youth Law Center to provide in-depth classes on foreign and domestic adoptions
  • ADHD Academy – for parents or caregivers of children with ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Basic Babysitter Training Class
  • Community Education for Diabetes
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes
Family and Youth Law Center (Adoption Academy): familyyouthlaw.org/academy.php

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) Health Library

Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org
In Spanish: healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org/Spanish

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) International Adoption Clinic

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
(614) 355-6050
nationwidechildrens.org/international-adoption-clinic

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Support Groups

Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need.

  • 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
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Resources
  • Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
    (614) 278-3377
  • Seasons for Caring (Hospital Family Bereavement Group)
    (614) 722-5250

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(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 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.

  • Adolescent Medicine Clinic – Livingston Ambulatory Center
    380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Linden Primary Care Center
    1390 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211

(614) 355-6350
nationwidechildrens.org/teen-and-pregnant

Necco

Is a private therapeutic organization that license foster parents who provide a safe and nurturing home to youth from birth to 18 years old.
9482 Wedgewood Boulevard, Suite 200, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 444-2273
necco.org
facebook.com/NeccoColumbusOH

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. 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)

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. Participants must meet income eligibility.
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-8303 or text at (614) 917-9111
familysafetyandhealing.org/programs-and-services/prenatal-early-intervention-services/nurse-family-partnership

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles ID R Kids

Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children locally (with the sites listed online), and there is no minimum age. Obtaining Ohio photo ID cards for children helps authorities in the event that the child is reported missing.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(844) 644-6268
bmv.ohio.gov/dl-id-idrkids.aspx

Ohio Cares for Military Families

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
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 and funding for prevention of child abuse and neglect. They also offer resources for parents and professionals to gain deeper understandings of how to provide safe and healthy environments for children.
4200 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 387-5478
To report child abuse in Ohio, call (855) 642-4453
octf.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/octf

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Family & Community Engagement

Helps parents understand what children are expected to learn in school and how to help them succeed, so families can choose a school for their child, get involved in their child’s learning and get information about learners with special needs and talents.
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Family-and-Community-Engagement/Getting-Involved-with-your-Child-s-Learning

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

Click to view their kinship care book, which helps relatives and non-relatives taking over the full-time care of a child. Caregivers may also call to request a copy of this useful resource guide. Some kinship families are eligible for cash payments if a judge has ruled that the child was abused, neglected, dependent or unruly.
4200 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 466-1213 or (866) 886-3537, option 4
jfs.ohio.gov/ocf/kinship_care.stm

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

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
(844) 640-6446
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/cash-assistance
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50

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.
(855) 471-1931
fc2sprograms.org/ohio
Foster Care to Success national website: fc2sprograms.org

Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA)

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

Ohio Guidestone

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Provides counseling and treatment services for children and adults, pregnancy and parenting support, respite care, domestic violence shelter, and foster care services, as well as substance abuse and addiction recovery that include peer support and housing, and more.

  • Central Ohio Office
    195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Marion County Office
    1199 Delaware Ave, Marion, Ohio 43302
  • Lancaster Office
    111 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

(800) 639-4974 Toll-free
Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595
ohioguidestone.org

Ohio Military Kids (OMK)

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
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/ohio-military-kids

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 to families to help them understand ways to 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) 688-1112
ohiofamiliesengage.osu.edu

Ohio Troop and Family Assistance Centers

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
Central Ohio: (800) 589-9914, ext. 6 or (614) 336-7358 or (614) 336-4232
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/operation-military-kids/resources/troop-and-family-assistance-centers
homefront.ohio.gov/AboutUs.aspx

Ohio’s Safe Havens for Newborns

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

Open Arms Adoptions

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
(614) 349-1510
openarmsadopt.com

Ounce of Prevention

The online handouts have a lot of useful nutritional and developmental information for parents of newborns up to teens and the physicians that care for the child.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824 or (614) 644-7035
nationwidechildrens.org/ounce-of-prevention

Our Military Kids

Support military kids by funding sports, arts and other enrichment activities when their parents are deployed overseas with the National Guard or Reserves, or recovering from severe injuries sustained in a post-9/11 overseas mission through financial grants.
6861 Elm Street, McLean, Virginia 22101
(866) 691-6654 Toll-free
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.
percdublin.org

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

This website gives parents the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. It offers helpful advice, support from other parents and extensive information about drug and alcohol use.
Parent Helpline: call (855) 378-4373 Toll-free or text your question to 55753
drugfree.org

Pathways.org

Provides free information about early detection and the benefit of early therapy for children with delays, as well as tools to maximize all children’s motor, sensory, and communication development.
Toll-free Parent-Answered National Hotline: (800) 955-2445
pathways.org

POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms)

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
(614) 315-8989
mhafc.org/get-help/maternal-mental-health

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

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
nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/behavioral-health/for-families/triple-p

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, Suite 1100, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-5802
pcsao.org

Ready4K

An evidence-based text messaging program for parents/caregivers of children from birth to 3rd grade, provided at no cost. Each week, they text fun facts and easy tips to boost your child’s learning. The program is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
ready4k.parentpowered.com

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, 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.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
redtreehouse.org

Safe Families for Children

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
(614) 210-3267
National: safe-families.org
Local:

Salvation Army

Serves: Single Adults & Families
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.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship & Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship & Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship & Community Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship & Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship & Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

Sesame Street in the Communities

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.

sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

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, 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
safy.org/ohio

Spouse Resiliency Toolkit

An online resource for military spouses that provides opportunities to watch, read, listen, and interact with education modules on resiliency.
spousert.wpengine.com

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Provides behavioral health intervention and treatment services to 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, and support for foster families. They provide specialized services to Hispanic / Latino children.
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, ask for Intake
svfc.org

Stitched Together

Provides Hope Cases filled with comfort items and essentials items for kids (newborn to 18 years old) entering the foster care system, with the goal of providing kids with hope in an uncertain time. Foster families and kinship families can reach when they are placed with a child coming into care for the first time. The program is free.
(614) 285-5224
stitchedtogethercolumbus.org

Stop, Breathe & Think

A friendly, simple app to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness.
stopbreathethink.com

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Services Locator

Works to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness. Their service locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for people seeking treatment facilities for substance abuse, addiction or mental health problems. Their website also offers free apps and parent resources on a wide range of topics.
National Helpline: (800) 662-4357 or (800) 487-4889 TTY

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
findtreatment.samhsa.gov

Substance Use Treatment Services Locator
findtreatment.gov

Taking Charge

An online tool that focuses on teens, and answers questions about relationships, parenthood, education, housing, legal rights, LGBTQ, foster care, immigration, money management and more. Also, the website helps youth and young adults learn about their rights and responsibilities and other information they need to move with confidence through adulthood.
takingchargeohio.org

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Provides support to family members that have experienced the loss of a loved one in the military. A 24-hour hotline is available as well as a peer mentor program to connect with other survivors or people who have had similar experiences. Sign up online for a mailing list that includes their magazine as well as information on other helpful resources and counseling available.
3033 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201
24/7 Line: (800) 959-8277 Toll-free
taps.org

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

Has information about intercountry adoption, U.S. visas and specific country information.
2201 C Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20522
(888) 407-4747
travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption.html

United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Family Services

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: 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

Unlocking Futures

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, Suite E, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 385-0771
unlockingfamilyfutures.org

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

Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, adult education, 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, Suite 110, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

USAGov

Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, and file a complaint against the government and more.
(844) 872-4681
usa.gov

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
  • 2000 Integrity Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
    (614) 445-7447
  • 615 Sunbury Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-7234
  • 14 Sandalwood Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-8850
  • 2680 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 788-8850
  • 107 Howard Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 392-1450
  • 17606 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-7582

(800) 638-3232
thevillagenetwork.org

Vineyard Community Center

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 (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, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Volunteers of America

Provide supportive services for veterans and their families including individual case management, housing, financial planning and more. They also partner with local agencies to distribute new backpacks and school supplies to Central Ohio children in need every year. Note that they do not provide backpacks directly to individuals and families.
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 253-6100
voaohin.org/central-ohio
voaohin.org/operationbackpack

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
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Foster Care Placement: (614) 313-2497
  • Behavioral Health Referral: (614) 610-4191
  • Billing or Payment: (614) 285-3752
  • General Questions or Concerns: (614) 285-3754

(614) 258-9927
yasohio.org

Zero to Three

Offers helpful information about behavior, development, care and education of infants in their first 3 years of life. Learn what to expect as your child grows and how to deal with challenging behaviors.
(800) 899-4301
zerotothree.org