Accepting New Clients – DFYF counseling and behavioral health services are being provided through telephone, telehealth or other technology platforms. If you are a current client, contact your clinician with any questions. New clients contact or 614-294-2661.

Meal Distribution – We are providing carry-out meals for our Center communities. Ohio Avenue Youth Center and Crittenton Center are open M-F during breakfast 9-10 and lunchtime 1-2 for meal pick-up.

Instructional Videos from our after-school programming can be watched on demand. Virtual learning available with lessons in mindfulness, fitness, art, music, dance, and DIY.

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

Directions for Youth & Families impacts over 6,500 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

Our families need us and we need you. Our 70 licensed clinicians are providing on-line therapy sessions. Additionally, we are providing take-home meals for our Center communities, basic needs delivered to porches of our clients, therapeutic supplies for interactive telehealth activities, and virtual summer camp.

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.

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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.