What is the Children’s Trust Fund?
Recognizing a need for coordinated efforts and funding for programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect, the State of Connecticut General Assembly created the Children’s Trust Fund in 1983. This proactive initiative was part of a national movement to establish such Funds in all 50 states.
Since 1997, when the Trust Fund became an independent state agency, the Trust Fund has developed or funded more than 180 family service programs and initiatives statewide.
The mission of the Children’s Trust Fund is to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to establish resources in communities statewide that support and strengthen families. We are responsible for supporting local efforts that help families and communities to be responsive to children and to ensure their positive growth and development.
Why it’s Important
Child abuse and neglect are among the most serious issues facing Connecticut and the nation. Approximately 40,000 cases of maltreatment are reported in Connecticut each year.
Research has shown that the effects of abuse and neglect are often devastating to a child. Not only can maltreatment cause developmental delays, serious injury or psychological problems, it also can contribute to high dropout rates, involvement in crime, and poverty. Children with a history of abuse or neglect often end up on the caseloads of the Departments of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Corrections, and Social Services as adults.
How the Children’s Trust Fund Operates
A 16-member interdisciplinary board known as the Children’s Trust Fund Council governs the Children’s Trust Fund. The council includes the Commissioners from the Departments of Children and Families, Public Health, Social Services and Education, as well as legislatively appointed individuals from the business community, the child abuse field, parents, and a pediatrician.
Federal and state dollars, as well as private funding, sustain the Children’s Trust Fund. The Trust Fund has maximized Connecticut’s investment in prevention as Connecticut’s lead agency for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect program. (To make a donation click here).
Directions to the Children's Trust Fund.