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Additional community resources, services, and information.

COVID-19 and Essential Resources for Families

During this time of isolation, friends, family members and neighbors should do their part to prevent child abuse and neglect, including:
• Regularly checking in with families who may be at risk
• Paying attention to signs of abuse and neglect
• Reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect by calling the appropriate Child Protective Services agency
• Visiting the Franklin County Children Services Community Resources page
• Downloading Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 and share this flyer

If you feel that a Columbus-area child you know may be in danger:
• If in Franklin County, contact the Franklin County Children Services 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000
• If in a different Ohio county, view the full list of Ohio Child Protective Services agencies:
• Call or text 911 in cases of emergency or immediate threats

If you are in a different part of the United States and need 24/7 assistance:
• National Child Abuse Hotline
Call or text 1-800-422-4453

• National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-799-7233
Live Chat:

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 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

If you feel overwhelmed by COVID-19, additional resources are available:
• COVID-19 Resource Sheet from
• Grand Families Fact Sheet from Grand Parents United (Lists links to resources for preventing exposure, activities for families and managing stress)
• Parent/Caregiver Guide to Help Families Cope with COVID-19 (Lists tips for coping with anxiety and stress, hygiene and activities)

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 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

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:

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
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

The Center for Family Safety and Healing
Counseling and advocacy services for children and families experiencing abuse/domestic violence

Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence and Stalking Unit

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)
Services, support and advocacy for LGBTQIA

Adult Protective Services in Ohio
County Agency Directory:

Capital University Family Advocacy Clinic
Legal representation for victims of domestic violence (includes child custody)

Capital University Family Advocacy Clinic
Services victims of family violence. Comprised of the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) and the Child Custody Unit (CCU). This clinic provides free legal representation for those who cannot afford attorneys.

Columbus Legal Aid
Income-based representation in CPOs and divorce/custody where domestic violence is involved

Ohio Legal Aid
Find the legal aid office that covers your county here. All Ohio counties have legal aid coverage.

Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN)
Supports and strengthens Ohio’s response to domestic violence through training, public awareness and technical assistance.  Also promotes social change through the implementation of public policy.
Self-Help Legal Manual: 

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center
Provides education to crime victims, and representation of victims in criminal court whose rights are being violated.
Request for Assistance Online Form:
Victim’s Rights Toolkit: 

Civil Protection Order Help Desk (Franklin County)
The Help Desk will assist anyone without an attorney in completing the paperwork about the CPO process. Located on the 6th floor of the Franklin County, Ohio Domestic Relations Court.

Operation Legal Help Ohio
Connects low-income military personnel and veterans with volunteer lawyers for free representation in landlord/tenant cases, evictions, credit card debt cases, employment, uncontested divorces, will and VA benefits disputes.

COHHIO Housing Information Line
Supports Ohio residents and organizations seeking guidance on landlord-tenant law, the Fair Housing Act, tenant organization and affordable housing preservation.

Uniform Domestic Relations Forms
All courts in Ohio must accept these forms (divorce, custody, child support, contempt, grandparent’s power of attorney, caretaker authorization). Available in multiple languages.

Statewide organization providing a Legal Hotline for residents of Ohio age 60 and over, regardless of income or resources.

Ohio Attorney General’s Office
If you are the victim of a scam, complete the online consumer complaint form.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio
Offers free and sliding scale mediation in disputes between individuals, families, landlords and tenants, employers and employees.
614-228-7191 (free consultation) 

CAIR Columbus
Free legal representation for the Central Ohio Muslim community, including issues with: school and employment discrimination, public accommodation, racial profiling, immigration applications (refugee, asylum, TPS), immigration delay legislation.

Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS)
Legal advice/representation to those with immigration issues. Intake is on a first come, first served basis and only 13 people will be seen each Tuesday and Thursday. 1925 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. Suite 102 Columbus, OH 43229

Equality Ohio Legal Clinic
Educates and advocates on behalf of LGBTQ Ohioans under 300% of the federal poverty level.
855-LGBT-LAW (855-542-8529)


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