The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention. CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to prevent and/or alleviate child abuse and neglect. Located within the Missouri Office of Administration, CTF is governed by a twenty-one member Board of Directors, seventeen of whom are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Missouri Senate.
CTF does not receive any general revenue funding from the State to support its prevention activities. Funding is obtained from dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, volunteer contributions designated on Missouri State Income Tax Returns, sales of the specialty CTF license plate, general donations, interest income from the Fund, and other grants.
Our Vision – Strong Families, Safe Kids
The Children’s Trust Fund envisions children and families free to grow and reach their full potential in a nurturing and healthy environment, free from child abuse and neglect.
Our Mission – Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Grant Distribution, Education and Awareness
The Children’s Trust Fund will prevent or alleviate child abuse and neglect for the State of Missouri’s children and families by:
- Planning and policy development;
- Ensuring appropriate funding of results-oriented programs, training programs for professionals and research;
- Promoting public awareness and education; and
- Assisting in the integration of statewide prevention efforts.
CTF’s primary function is to fund child abuse and neglect prevention programs throughout the state that focus on the following areas:
- Parent education and support
- Infant nurturing/infant massage
- Community education
- Grandparent support
- Staff training and development
- Home visitation for parents
- Crisis intervention/crisis nursery
- Safe crib/safe sleep for infants
- School-based prevention education
- Fatherhood initiatives
Public Education and Awareness
CTF’s public education and awareness campaigns include the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) a form of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), Not Even For A Minute Campaign to educate caretakers about the dangers of leaving children unattended in and around vehicles, Words Hurt focusing on the devastating impact of emotional abuse, Safe Crib/Safe Sleep to prevent unsafe sleeping environments, and Parent With Patience to address the sometimes stressful job of parenting and realistic developmental expectations of children. CTF’s prevention literature is available free of charge to Missouri residents.
CTF is a member of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, an organization that provides training, technical assistance and peer consulting opportunities to state Children’s Trust Funds in order to strengthen their efforts to prevent child abuse.
View Historic Timeline of CTF 1983-Present (pdf)