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Central Ohio Agencies


There are many social service agencies in central Ohio. The agencies listed below are agencies that provide a broad range of services and referrals for families with children with special health care needs.

In addition to the resources listed below, CAP4Kids is a free website that connects families and children with local resources in the community. You can find listings of resources categorized by need, and print off helpful handouts on a variety of topics, ranging from mental health resources to prescription assistance and services for children with special needs. Visit www.cap4kids.org/columbus.

Group Name Contact Information Description
Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Network (COSERRC) Voice and TTY:


Provides information and resources to parents and educators in order to better assist students with special education needs. COSERRC is part of a network of special education services in Ohio. Parents and educators can locate information about the office that services their counties at the COSERRC web site.

FirstLink 614.221.2255


24 hour information and referral line. Provides free confidential information and referral for 872 non profit, government and for profit organization in Franklin County. Translation available for non English speaking persons.

FoodLink 614.341.2282


Franklin County Service that provides referrals to food pantries for emergency supply of food.

(8 -4 PM Mon, Wed and Fr.) (8 -9 Tues and Thurs.)

Franklin County Board of MRDD 614.475.6440

Internet: http://www.fcbmrdd.org

Provide a wide range of educational and support services for children and adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities including case management, education programs, sheltered workshop, family support resources and respite services.

Franklin County Children Services Abuse reporting:

Franklin County Children Services serves abused, neglected, dependent and troubled (unruly) children and their families. The agency provides help for children through direct services by the agency's professional staff and by purchasing services from community- based services. Services include: Prevention services for children who are at high risk of coming into the child welfare system; Protection, 24 hours a day, through the agency's Intake & Investigation office; Placement is available for children when the effort to keep families together has not worked; Permanency in safe, loving homes is the agency's goal for children who cannot remain with or return to their families.

Help Me Grow Franklin County Help Me Grow referral line:



A program for Ohio's expectant parents, newborns, infants, and toddlers that provides health and developmental services so that children start school healthy and ready to learn. Provides many types of services to infants and toddlers with or at risk of developmental delays or disabilities and their families. A team of providers helps families identify present and future medical and developmental needs. Assistance can be accessed through your local Help Me Grow office.

Netcare Voice and TTY:


Netcare Corporation provides mental health and alcohol or other drug crisis services to the residents of Central Ohio. Provides mental health, alcohol /drug crisis and behavioral health care assessment services to Franklin County adolescents 18 and older. Crisis services available 24 hours per day seven days per week.

Child and Youth Law Program Internet:
Nationwide Children's Hospital Program provided by the Legal Aid Society

A medical-legal collaboration between The Legal Aid Society of Columbus and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Child and Youth Law Program (CYLP), places CYLP attorneys on-site at the main campus of Nationwide Children’s to provide free legal services to low income children. Legal services target access to basic needs of children, such as education, health insurance, safe and stable housing, income, and nutrition.

Ohio Family Support Collaborative (OhioFSC)


Web site is an excellent central source for resources and information that may be of assistance to families of children with disabilities and chronic medical conditions.


If you have any questions or need additional information, contact your health care provider or the Patient Care Coordination Team at Nationwide Children's (614-722-6300). This information will be updated periodically. If you are aware of changes or additions to this list please complete the update form and we will contact you to get additional information.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000