Established in 1981, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio (CDF-OH) strives to eradicate child poverty, prevent abuse, and ensure access to healthcare and education. We focus on healthcare access, school discipline reform, juvenile justice, early childhood education, and leveraging networks for positive impact.

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Updates in Ohio

CDF Beat the Odds Program is Sunsetting

Since 1990, the Beat the Odds program has transformed young lives and emboldened youth on their path into adulthood. We are grateful to all who have supported this program over the years and honored to have played a part in amplifying the strength and talent of our Beat the Odds honorees. While we are retiring the CDF Beat the Odds program and brand, a new program is coming that will provide more robust support for young people and we look forward to your continued support.

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Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio

395 E. Broad Street, Suite 330
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 221-2244