The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds initiates and engages in national efforts that assist state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds in strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect. This includes promoting and supporting a system of services, laws, practices, and attitudes that supports families by enabling them to provide their children with a safe, healthy, and nurturing childhood.
Members of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds are catalysts for the development of community-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs in their states. They are also incubators for innovative new programs and services related to strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect. For example:
- Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds annually provide over $100 million for community-based child abuse and neglect prevention ….and leverage even more.
- Conservatively, Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund programs annually support services for almost 2 million families.
The Children’s Trust Fund concept was first conceived and championed by Ray E. Helfer, M.D., an internationally renowned pediatrician, an expert in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention, and a Professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Helfer saw trust funds used to care for our nation’s highways and wildlife and thought, “Why not our nation’s children ….one of our most precious resources?” His idea has been the catalyst for the development of a nationwide network of community-based child abuse prevention programs supported by state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. The first Children’s Trust Fund was created in the state of Kansas in 1980. Today, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have passed legislation to establish a Trust or Prevention Fund. State trust and prevention funds receive revenue from a variety of sources such as surcharge fees on marriage licenses or other vital records, individual and corporate fundraising, and State and Federal resources.
Some of The Alliance’s long-range plans and activities include advocating for increased public and private funding for community-based child abuse and neglect prevention activities, supporting and strengthening state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds in their vital roles, promoting awareness of the importance of strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect and collaborating with other national child abuse prevention organizations to help ensure the safety and well-being of children throughout the country.
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