Are you looking for free up-to-date information about community resources? The Children’s Advocacy Project for Kids CAP4Kids has information for you on everything from afterschool programs and housing to mental health resources, and services for kids with special needs. The monthly e-newsletter Family Matters contains community information about free family events, community programs and special opportunities for kids and families.

Community Resources & Services

After School Programs & Summer Camps: free and low-cost, special needs, city recreation, faith-based , science and technology programs

Behavior, Counseling & Addiction:  ADHD, behavior, counseling, drug treatment, support groups and abuse resources

Early Intervention & Development: head start, preschool programs, young children with special needs

Education: GED, high school graduation, college planning, tutoring, school supplies and charter schools

Employment & Job Training: finding a job, making ends meet and programs for teens

Food, Nutrition & Breastfeeding: food pantries, free meals and breastfeeding resources

Health Care: free and low-cost insurance, prescriptions and health care

Housing & Utilities: housing resources help with utilities and information about housing conditions

Immigration & Refugee Services: Hispanic & Latino resources, Somali & African resources and English programs

Pregnancy & New Baby: baby supplies, infant loss resources and health services

Shelters: community shelters and hotlines for individuals and families

Special Needs & Autism: fun and recreation, autism resources, breaks for caregivers, parenting and scholarships

Teen Resources: leadership programs, career training, reproductive health, suicide and mental health help

If you are in crisis or need immediate help: Call 9-1-1

Free Community Hotlines

Poison Center Hotline (24-Hour)

Confidential Crisis & Suicide Hotline (24-Hour)
(614) 221-5445 or 1-800-273-TALK

HandsOn Central Ohio (24-Hour)
2-1-1 or (614) 221-2255

Huckleberry House Runaway Helpline (24-Hour)
(614) 294-5553

Netcare Mental Health Crisis Hotline (24-Hour, Ages 18+)
(614) 276-2273

Ohio Tobacco Quit Line

Pregnancy Care Connection
(614) 227-9866

SARNCO Rape & Assault Helpline (24-Hour)
(614) 267-7020 or 1-800-656-HOPE

CHOICES Domestic Violence Hotline (24-Hour)
(614) 224-4663 or 1-800-799-SAFE

These hotlines put together by CAP4Kids are also available as brochures and wallet cards for your convenience.

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Sign up for our monthly newsletter to find out about new community programs, free resources and special opportunities for kids and families.


library book lists for kids

The Columbus Metropolitan library has teamed up with CAP4Kids to develop booklists for kids on a wide range of topics, everything from divorce and grief to potty training and starting school. These books can be found at your local library.


ask cap4kids a question

Need help finding a resource in the community or finding out more about CAP4Kids? Contact us at any time.


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