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 seventeen member Board of Directors, thirteen 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, and interest income from the Fund. In addition to state funding, CTF administers the federal Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) funding made available through the Administration for Children and Families.
Our Vision – Strong Families, Safe Kids
The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund envisions children and families in a safe, nurturing and healthy environment, free from child abuse and neglect.
Our Mission – Strengthening Families and Preventing Child Abuse and neglect through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships
CTF’s primary function is to fund child abuse and neglect prevention programs throughout the state that focus on the following areas:
- Evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention
- Home visiting
- Infant safe sleep
- Child sexual abuse prevention
- Capacity building
- Parent education and support
- Infant nurturing
- Community education
- Grandparent support
- Crisis intervention/crisis nursery
- School-based prevention education
- Fatherhood initiatives
- Training and Development
- Strengthening Families Protective Factors
- Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children
Public Education and Awareness
CTF’s public education and awareness campaigns address infant safe sleep, Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)/Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) prevention, child sexual abuse prevention and the Strengthening Families Protective Factors. 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.
Fiscal Year 2018 Form 990