The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors recently awarded over $1.7 million in funding for State Fiscal Year 2017 to support 88 different organizations throughout Missouri for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to strengthen families. The funds were awarded after a competitive grant and review process, and will be used to support evidence-based and promising programs including home visitation, safe crib, parent education, crisis nursery, fatherhood support, sexual abuse prevention, and community collaboration. Several grants will also address training needs including Stewards of Children focusing on child sexual abuse prevention & awareness, online training for mandated reporters of abuse, building Strengthening Families Protective Factors, and Parent Cafes’. The CTF Board invested additional dollars in public education and awareness bringing the total in prevention funding to just over $2 million dollars for the year. Public education campaigns focus on Strengthening Families, Shaken Baby/Abusive Head Trauma Prevention, safe sleep environments, child safety in or around vehicles (Not Even For A Minute), emotional abuse and neglect prevention, positive parenting, realistic expectations of children and stress reduction.
CTF receives funding from dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, voluntary contributions designated on the Missouri State Income Tax Return, sales of the specialty CTF license plate, general donations, interest income from the Fund, and a Federal grant. Grants are awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional four years based on the performance outcome of the program and the availability of CTF funds. During the last three years, the grantee is required to fund an increasing proportion of the program’s cost.
Established by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983, CTF is Missouri’s non-profit foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention. In its 33-year history, CTF has awarded over $58 million dollars of non-general revenue funds for prevention programs throughout Missouri.