Keeping Ohio's children safe, healthy, educated, connected & employable
How We Got Started
Voices for Ohio’s Children was originally created for exactly what it sounds like: to give the children of Ohio a voice. Originally called the Coalition for Greater Cleveland’s Children, we were formed in 1996 under the leadership of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and the Rainbow Board of Trustees. Seeing a void in advocacy and research for children’s issues in the state of Ohio, they formed the Coalition to speak up for kids and the issues that affect them. Over 20 years, our scope, our focus, and our impact have grown. In 2004, the Coalition became Voices for Children of Greater Cleveland, and in 2007 became Voices for Ohio’s Children. As our name changed, so did our work – starting out as a small voter forum, we grew into a comprehensive and hands-on advocacy organization, focused on educating, influencing, and improving policies that impact children in our state. Today, we’re Ohio’s most effective children’s advocacy organization.