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The committee structure provides the mechanism for the Alliance to accomplish its goals and objectives, particularly those outlined in its five-year plan.

Key factors in the strength of the Alliance are the Board of Directors and the active committee structure. All members are encouraged to participate in at least one committee, thus increasing connections with peers and contributing to the national work to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.

The Alliance was established in 1989 as a means for state children’s trust and prevention funds to form a peer network to share resources and information; to have a national voice in public policies, practices and programs; to access training and technical assistance for organizational and programmatic capacity building; and to hold a national leadership role to ensure that prevention is a strong element in major national initiatives.


The Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by the membership at the annual meeting. Each member state children’s trust fund has one vote during board elections.


The committee structure provides the mechanism to help the Alliance to accomplish our collective goals. The committees consist of a blend of board members and others who are part of the Alliance network of children’s trust and prevention funds. In some instances, other individuals who have special skills or strong interests may be recruited to contribute their efforts through the appropriate committee. The committees provide an avenue for the Alliance to benefit from the talents and strengths of its members and for the membership to join together to work on key issues related to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. The committees provide resources and assistance when requested by the Board and initiate recommendations and activities based on the needs and interests of the membership.

fallThe Alliance has the following standing committees:

  • The Public Policy Committee. The Public Policy Committee’s role is to develop a process that allows the Alliance to help shape public policies regarding strengthening families, preventing child abuse and neglect and other issues affecting children and families. The committee studies and recommends to the Board or the Executive Committee actions and initiatives for the Alliance regarding public policies and recommends when public policy issues need to be brought to the attention of the full membership.
  • The Finance Committee oversees the Alliance’s fiscal policies and procedures, reviews monthly fiscal reports and reports back to the full board of directors.

The Alliance also creates Ad Hoc Committees as needed to address specific issues.

For more information on the Alliance board and committees, please see the organization’s by-laws at this page. For additional information, please contact at Teresa Rafael, Executive Director .