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CDF-Ohio is thrilled to announce the arrival of its new Executive Director, Renuka Mayadev.  

Read Marian Wright Edelman's letter announcing this news here.

A 2010 CDF Report on U.S. Poverty

"Today, 15.5 million children are living in poverty in America—the highest child poverty rate the nation has seen since 1959...Nearly four million Americans fell into poverty last year and worst of all, children experienced the steepest rise in poverty and the largest single year increase since the 1960s."

-Marian Wright Edelman


To view the full report on Child Poverty in America, please visit Poverty under Issues & Initiatives.



Issue Brief: Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio

The Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio, the Children’s Law Center, Inc., Voices for Ohio’s Children and the Juvenile Justice Coalition – Ohio are collaborating to increase awareness and support among key stakeholders and the general public for juvenile pretrial detention reform in Ohio. Related to that effort is the release of the Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio Issue Brief and the related Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio Fact Sheet which outline the current research and impact of juvenile pre-trial detention. Both documents support the adoption of alternatives that will keep youth out of pretrial detention whenever possible, while maintaining community safety. Both publications are products of CDF - Ohio’s KIDS COUNT project.

To learn more about KIDS COUNT and for more information, please see our CDF-Ohio KIDS COUNT program.

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Ohio’s KIDS COUNT: 2010, Released

2010 Ohio Kids Count Ohio's KIDS COUNT: 2010, Released
The Ohio’s KIDS COUNT: 2010 Data Book, provides the most current and accurate data that tracks and compares the well-being of children in Ohio and its 88 counties. The data book contains important data and a summary of the trends regarding 14 key indicators of child well-being in the categories of economic security, health, education and safety. Helpful charts provide a comparison of state and county data, with links to additional resources. Also included in each section are highlights of programs and promising practices being implemented to improve the well-being of Ohio’s children.


Issue Brief: Children Who Witness Domestic Violence

Children Who Witness Domestic ViolenceIn recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio has released a new issue brief, Children Who Witness Domestic Violence, to increase awareness of the effects of domestic violence on those children who are witnesses to the violence. With the publication of this Issue Brief, CDF-OH hopes to improve the understanding and support throughout Ohio to end family domestic violence and generate a shared vision to protect our children. By paying attention to these children now, we can help stop the cycle of domestic violence once they become adults. The issue brief provides an overview of the problem, the effects domestic violence has on children, domestic violence programs and recommendations and a call to action.

Children Who Witness Domestic Violence is an issue brief published and released by the CDF-Ohio KIDS COUNT program.