Accepting New Clients – DFYF counseling and behavioral health services are being provided in person and through telehealth. New clients fill out referral form or contact or 614-294-2661.

Our Youth Centers are serving as Learning Extension Centers for Columbus City Schools in addition to providing after-school and summer programming.

Improving lives of individuals, families, and communities through counseling, education, and support.

Directions for Youth & Families impacts over 6,000 youth and their families each year through mental, emotional and behavioral health services. We are a resiliency-oriented, trauma-informed agency working and training with experts and educators. Through counseling, education and support programs we are proud of the impact we have in contributing to a healthy community – one individual, one family at a time.

How you can get involved

Beer Tasting Tour – We are partnering with six local breweries who are each hosting a craft beer tasting 6pm every third Thursday each month starting in April. Join us for individual tastings or as many as you can. Click here for details.

State of the Child Virtual Event – Our 2nd year without kids on stage…. but this year our youth center kids are excited to present virtual performances. Click here for more details.

Your support means everything to us. When you donate to DFYF you make hope, healing and resiliency possible for central Ohio youth and their families.


We provide 15 programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. Most programs are provided on an outreach basis, in youth’s homes, schools or other community settings. Learn more.


Our Positive Paths Parenting classes provide skills and education to strengthen the family unit. Ready, Set, Grow is an in-home kindergarten readiness program working directly with children and parent/guardian to enhance learning and assist parents with child development skills.

After School &
Summer Programs

Our after-school and summer programs provide homework help, computer labs, leadership development, recreation and creative arts programming. We operate two youth centers, Crittenton Center, on the east side in the Kimberly Parkway neighborhood, and Ohio Avenue Youth Center.