Free Central Ohio Resources

We know it can be difficult to reach out for help – partly due to not knowing where to begin or what services may be available. We’ve compiled a list of local and national family resources to help guide you in the right direction.

Local Hotlines

Franklin County Children Services Child Abuse Hotline
24/7 Hotline: 614-229-7000

LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence
24/7 Crisis Line: 614-224-4663

Mental Health Crisis Hotline – Franklin County
Netcare: 614-276-2776 (for adults 18+)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 614-722-1800 (youth 17 and under)

Huckleberry House Crisis Hotline

Emergency Shelter and Homeless Hotline

Central Ohio Food Kitchens and Pantries

StepOne: Central Ohio Pregnancy and Prenatal Care Hotline

Mom-to-Mom Support Line

National Hotlines

National Domestic Violence Hotline
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Live Chat:

Loveisrespect National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
24/7 Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
Text “loveis” to 22522
Live Chat:

National Child Abuse Hotline
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)

Eldercare Locator Help Line (to report elder abuse or neglect)

Emergency Shelter and Homeless Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Live Chat:

Crisis Text Line
Text from anywhere in the U.S. to chat with a trained crisis counselor
Text “HOME” to 741741

Local Support Groups

STAR (Stress, Trauma and Resilience)
A safe and open space for survivors of crime and/or violence to talk about common experiences to enhance coping skills. Open to adults 18+, no registration necessary.
Wednesday evenings, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
614-293-STAR (7827)

Mental Health America of Franklin County
Offers a variety of peer support groups, including support for those suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. Additionally, MHAFC offers groups for families and focused on maternal mental health.

Healthy Relationships Group
Support group for adult victims/survivors of intimate partner violence, domestic violence or family violence.
Screening required to attend to ensure group is appropriate for attendees.

Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)
Provides free trauma individual and group counseling and support. 2019 groups include DBT skills, Trauma Recovery Group and Trauma Informed  Yoga.

LSS CHOICES Peer Support Groups
Facilitator-led peer support groups provide a safe space for survivors of domestic violence to gain insight as well as support. For group schedules and locations, please call the 24/7 hotline at:

Additional Local Resources

The Children’s Advocacy Project, better known as CAP4Kids, helps Ohio residents find community agencies and resources to improve the lives of children and families. The CAP4Kids mission is to help bridge the gap between local, quality social service agencies and the families that need their help the most.The CAP4Kids website is updated weekly and contains timely information, on everything from job programs for youth and teens, summer camps, fitness programs, mentoring resources, summer safety, teen dating safety and more. Each page be easily translated into several different languages.

Franklin County Children Services 2019 Resource Guide
The Franklin County Children Services Resource Guide is a valuable directory of services for our families, social workers and community partners. This guide serves as one of many avenues the agency has implemented to demonstrate commitment to protecting children by strengthening families.
Download the 2019 Resource Guide


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2 responses to “Free Central Ohio Resources

  1. Victoria Alesi

    Please change Huckleberry House Runaway Hotline to say Huckleberry House Crisis Hotline, because we serve youth in all crisis not just runaways

    1. "Where's The Line?" Campaign

      Hi Victoria,

      Absolutely! Thanks for letting us know.


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