Directions for Youth & Families has roots dating back to 1899, when Associated Charities was established. Through many years, many name changes, and several mergers, they became Crittenton Family Services in 1992, offering counseling and other intervention and education services to families and children.
In 1968, Juvenile Probation Council and Friends In Action were formed. These two additional service organizations would become the basis of DFYF's Prevention services (with counseling & clinical services available as well). They merged in 1983 to form Directions For Youth.
Directions for Youth & Families was born of the 1999 merger of Crittenton Family Services and Directions For Youth, creating one organization that provides counseling & clinical services, prevention & after-school/summer programs, and kindergarten readiness & parenting programs to youth and families in central Ohio.
Crittenton Family Services
Directions For Youth
- Established as the "Associated Charities"
- Changed name to "Family Services Society"
- Changed name to "Family Bureau"
- Merged with the Children's Bureau to become the "Family & Children's Bureau"
- Merged with the Florence Crittenton Home and changed its name to "Family Counseling and Crittenton Services"
- Changed its name to "Crittenton Family Services"
- Juvenile Probation Council and "Friends in Action" formed
- Juvenile Probation Council merged with "Volunteers in Probation" to form "One to One"
- "One to One" and "Friends in Action" merged to form "Directions For Youth"
- Acquired the Short Stop Teen Center
- Purchased the 3rd Avenue Community Church and opened as the Short Stop Youth Center
- Built and moved into new building at 1515 Indianola Ave
Directions for Youth & Families
- Crittenton Family Services and Directions For Youth merged to become Directions for Youth & Families.
- Directions for Youth & Families opened the Ohio Avenue Youth Center at 657 South Ohio Avenue.
- DFYF served 6,200 youth and their families in central Ohio, many of whom were economically challenged.
- DFYF opened Crittenton Center at 3840 Kimberly Parkway North.