Why do youth become involved in the juvenile court system?                         

Youth become involved with the juvenile court system due to acts of delinquency, need for foster placement, or mental heath treatment.  Many of these young people live in homes and neighborhoods where poverty, parental neglect, abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse are chronic and severe. 


How is our Juvenile Justice program providing support for these youth?

Chaplaincy Program

YFC staff & volunteers help interested youth find answers, guidance, hope, & comfort through one on one spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services.
Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC) provides religious services programming at:

  • The Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility in Columbus (since July of 1996)
  • The Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center in Lancaster (since February 2004)
  • The Central Ohio Youth Center in Marysville (since September 2012)
  • The Perry Multi-County Juvenile Facility in New Lexington (since September 2012)
  • The South Central Ohio Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Chillicothe (since 2017)


Bridgebuilders Aftercare Mentoring

Our Bridgebuilders Aftercare Mentoring program is an initiative to match youth released from detention with a mature Christian mentor.  Our goal is to help these youth mature in their faith and become engaged in a YFC City Life group.


To learn more please contact our office at 614-848-4870.

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