Across every state there are efforts to help support the positive and engaged involvement of fathers in the lives of their children and families. Local schools, faith communities, and community organizations are among the groups providing support and services, as well as hosting family events throughout the year.

This section of Fatherhood.gov is not inclusive of all these efforts, but serves as a starting point to help connect fathers with programs and with each other. If you have a program, resource, or event that you would like us to consider for inclusion on this list, email us at Help@FatherhoodGov.Info.

Learn more about efforts in your state:

Ohio State Profile (PDF 207 KB): These fact sheets highlight State programs and strategies to promote parenting and responsible fatherhood.


The Ridge Project: Ohio
The Ridge Project is an Office of Family Assistance Responsible Fatherhood grantee. Dedicated to serving the youth and families of Ohio, they offer a variety classes and activities specifically designed to empower youth, marriages and families so they can withstand and overcome negative influences.  All programs are relationship driven and designed to permanently impact the individuals being served.  Services are provided through partnerships with churches, schools, and state and national agencies.

Read a testimonial from a program participant
Read a letter from a participant with the Ridge Project

Find more about OFA Grantees and other Federal Programs in the DadTalk Blog.


Responsible fatherhood programs exist all over the country. This section serves as a starting point for fathers looking to connect with programs that can help make them responsible and involved in their child’s life. Inclusion on this list is limited to State-operated and HHS-funded local programs, and DOES NOT constitute an endorsement of the program by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse or the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance.

If you are looking for a program in your area but don’t see your city listed here, or are looking for assistance with a personal situation, contact us at 1-877-432-3411.

Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
50 West Town Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 752-1624

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is a state-wide commission whose mission is to enhance the well-being of Ohio's children by providing opportunities for fathers to become better parents, partners and providers.  In addition to funding fatherhood programs throughout the state, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood makes policy recommendations regarding fathers, engages the community and trains county leaders on how to mobilize their community to promote responsible fatherhood.

The RIDGE Project, Inc.
Keeping FAITH (Families And Inmates Together in Harmony)
J169 State Route 65
McClure, OH 43534-9740

The RIDGE Project seeks to establish a path of honor, discipline, and integrity; by way of education, motivation, and inspiration; in order to lead families into a future defined by hope, peace, and righteousness for generations to come.  This outreach is designed to reach into the prisons – physical, mental, and spiritual – and offer freedom to the captives.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Franklin, OH
Phone (614) 466-4815
Fax (614) 466-1767

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), located in Columbus, OH, helps fathers strengthen their relationships with their children and the mothers of their children, improves the long-term economic stability of vulnerable families, and helps fathers overcome barriers that prevent them from being effective and nurturing parents.

505 Hamilton St.
Toledo, Ohio 43604-8520
Phone: 419 -242-7304
Pathway reduces poverty by providing comprehensive services that create pathways to self-sufficiency. Pathway has always envisioned that economic emancipation is the greatest path to eradicate poverty. The programs offered a one-stop service delivery model.


The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes the broad range of federal programs that address the needs of children and families. These programs are at the heart of the federal effort to strengthen families and help all children succeed by bringing new ideas, insights, and leadership on issues that impact the lives of all Americans.

The Chicago-based ACF Region 5 office serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Learn more about ACF Region 5.


The NRFC Events Calendar lists events throughout the country that are broadly accessible and sponsored by federally funded or recognized and/or national or state-wide fatherhood or related organizations.

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