Provides support and resources to kinship caregivers 55 years of age and older, in Franklin County, who are caring for minor children from birth to age 17 (18 if enrolled in high school) because biological parents are unable to do so. They offer assistance with appliances, caregiver counseling, diapers, infant cribs, mattress sets, pull-ups, wipes and additional community resources.
280 East Broad Street, Room 300, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
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, Suite 290, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 846-6265 or (888) 705-3577 Toll-free
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
Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Family Services & Choice Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Offers support groups for adoptive and foster parents and kinship caregivers, as well as hosts an open art studio for all youth once a month as a means for expression and identity development. The open studio is a space to do art of your choice with materials of your choice, along with prompts and guidance if needed. Encompass will serve young adults beyond age 18 depending on their needs and developmental level. The support groups are free, but the monthly art groups have a fee. Scholarships are offered on an as-needed basis.
122 South Terrace Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
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
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.
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
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; 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
1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 692-7226 Toll-free
Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children. Parents of children who have an Ohio ID card can also add their contact information to their child’s record for use in the event the child becomes lost or is reported missing.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
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
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
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
Is a flexible and responsive kinship and adoption navigator program designed to support children, youth and their families navigate and connect with all available resources, locally and statewide. Call or complete an online referral to complete a resource/needs assessment. OhioKAN is funded through Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS), one does not have to qualify for public assistance through ODJFS to access the services.
OhioKAN Direct Line: (844) 644-6526
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
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 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.