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About CDF-Ohio

Founded in 1981, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect and ensure their access to appropriate and targeted health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. To support children and families in Ohio, CDF-Ohio works to improve healthcare access and health outcomes for children and their families, stop the push out of students from our schools due to zero tolerance school discipline practices, create a juvenile justice system that rehabilitates our youth and reduces recidivism, build a high quality and stable early childhood care and education system, and harness the statewide and national CDF youth and community networks to change the lives of Ohio’s children.

Our Mission

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Children’s Defense Fund was founded in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by individual donations, foundation, corporate and government grants.  CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.

What We Do

How we’re working to give every child what they need to thrive and become successful adults.

Advance Policies

We advocate for policies that will make a difference in our children’s future.

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Serve Children

We lead programs to serve and empower children, families and communities.

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Inspire Activism

We provide tools and information for the public to join us in advocating for a better future for today’s children.

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What We Do

We’re working to give every child what they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

Advance Policies

We advocate for policies that will make a difference in our children’s future.

Learn More

Serve Children

We lead programs to serve and empower children, families and communities.

Learn More

Inspire Activism

We provide tools and information for the public to join us in advocating for a better future for today’s children.

Learn More

Make a Donation

Even a small amount can make a big difference in the lives of children who are struggling.

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Make a Donation

Even a small amount can make a big difference in the lives of children who are struggling.

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Stay Connected

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News & Views

Legislation and policies may change, but our mission never does. Read our most recent press releases to learn the latest.

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News & Views

Legislation and policies may change, but our mission never does. Read our most recent press releases to learn the latest.

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Lets stay in touch

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We want to hear about your personal challenges, how you’ve made an impact or about your CDF experience.

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Proctor Institute

Learn about our annual event for child advocates to build skills and share success stories.

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Small Boats & Wide Seas

Ever wonder about the story behind CDF’s iconic logo? Learn about the famous prayer and illustration including its discovery, implementation, and evolution.

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