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About Us

Our Mission: Empowering families and their children to make sound choices and achieve promising futures.

Directions for Youth & Families is a resiliency-oriented/trauma-informed mental and behavioral health nonprofit organization serving Franklin and Delaware counties, providing effective programs and treatment to youth, adults and their families. Our programs provide skills and resources needed by youth to be successful members of our community, to be the next generation of community leaders, and to be the positive change that disadvantaged neighborhoods desperately need. We hold the national COA accreditation as well as the state OHMAS certification.

DFYF works with families and young people to help them identify strengths and learn new skills that lead to healthier decision-making. With the ultimate goal to achieve success in their lives, families and youth work with staff to address many issues including school concerns, delinquency, violence, mental health issues, child abuse/neglect, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. Most programs are provided on an outreach basis - in client's homes, schools, or other community settings - to reduce barriers to treatment and provide services in the environment they are needed.

Our Agency

  • Serving Central Ohio since 1899
  • Serves over 6,200 youth and their families each year.
  • A resiliency-oriented/trauma-informed agency
  • 60 mastersâ�� and bachelor licensed social workers and counselors, 90 total outreach community-based workers, and psychologist and child psychiatrist on staff.
  • Partnerships with Columbus City Schools, South Western City Schools, Delaware City Schools, Big Walnut Local Schools, Olentangy Local Schools, and in some Charter Schools
  • After-school / summer programs offering tutoring, music lessons, art classes, dance, leadership and life skills groups, fitness and meals.
  • Five locations in Central Ohio
  • 1 of 27 members of The National Crittenton Foundation family of agencies. Operating in 31 states, DFYF is the only one in Ohio.

Our Approach

  • We support the basic values of the human service field beginning with where the client is and protecting an individualâ��s right to self-determination.
  • Our accepting and non-judgmental approach respects each individual and the family unit, recognizing strengths in diversity, culture, values, and belief systems.
  • We promote an individual and familyâ��s right to choose. Our purpose is not to make choices for people, nor tell them what to decide. We discuss options with those we serve and respect their decisions, thereby preserving and affording people the opportunity to learn and grow from the choices they make regarding their lives.

Resiliency oriented, Trauma informed agency
 

We believe that every child, every family, is important to our world and our future.

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MAIN OFFICE

1515 Indianola Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
Map and Directions
(614) 294-2661
fax: (614) 294-3247

EAST OFFICE

3616 East Main St.
Whitehall, OH 43213
Map and Directions
(614) 251-0103
fax: (614) 251-1177

OHIO AVENUE CENTER

657 South Ohio Ave.
Columbus, OH 43205
Map and Directions
(614) 258-8043
fax: (614) 258-8123

CRITTENTON CENTER

3840 Kimberly Parkway
Columbus, OH 43232
Map and Directions
(614) 694-0203
fax: (614) 694-0245

DELAWARE COUNTY OFFICE

39 W Winter St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Map and Directions
(740) 990-0254
fax: (740) 990-0255

 
What information, if any, is being collected via Directions For Youth & Families (www

DFYF PRIVACY POLICY

What information, if any, is being collected via Directions For Youth & Families (www.dfyfy.org) website?
Directions For Youth & Families collects personal information for donations. Our donation program is offered through a secure on-line fund raising platform. This platform collects the amount of the donation, donor's name, address, city, state, zip code, phone, email address, credit card number, expiration date and security code. None of the information collected is stored or is accessible on the website. Non-credit card information is only available for reporting purposes through the platforms secure login. Credit card information is only used for processing donations and is not saved on either the website or the fundraising platform.

How do I contact Directions For Youth & Families to review the information that has been collected or to request changes to that information?
You may request to review the information collected in regards to your interaction with Directions For Youth & Families website by contacting Director of Development, at (614) 294-2661.

How do I request that personal information not be shared outside Directions For Youth & Families?
While Directions For Youth & Families does not sell, share or trade this information, you may request that your information not be shared outside Directions For Youth & Families by contacting Director of Development, at (614) 294-2661

What security measures are in place in regards to The Directions For Youth & Families website?
The Directions For Youth & Families is committed to keeping constituent information as private and secure as possible. We do not sell, share or trade this information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect. None of the information collected is stored or is accessible on the website. Non-credit card information is only available for reporting purposes through the platforms secure login. Credit card information is only used for processing donations and is not saved on either the website or the fundraising platform..

RACIAL NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICIES
Directions For Youth & Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, political affiliation, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.  This prohibition against discrimination includes recruitment, hiring, evaluation, promotion, and retention of employees.