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Our Work in Preventing Child Neglect, Partnering with Parents and Strengthening Families

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds (Alliance) is the only national membership organization representing state children’s trust and prevention funds (CTFs).

Alliance Web Resources

The Alliance website is filled with resources and training tools created for state children’s trust and prevention funds (CTFs) and others. Download the Alliance Website Resource Guide or go to the various webpages below for even more information:

The History of Trust Funds

The first CTF was created in the State of Kansas in 1980 and today trust funds are found in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Their mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs and to promote positive child development and strong family support. Our members are the largest funders of community based child abuse prevention strategies in the country and each year expend approximately $100,000,000 on strengthening families and preventing all forms of child abuse and neglect. They fund proven effective programs, implement strategies to improve systems that impact families and serve as catalysts for new initiatives in their states. CTFs are most often the key leaders of the family strengthening/ child abuse prevention movement in their states. They work collaboratively with numerous partners from early childhood, child welfare, mental health and other who share our mission.

The Alliance is a national leader in child abuse prevention and family strengthening. Our numerous initiatives exemplify a wide range of approaches to these issues and we partner with other national organizations and federal agencies to accomplish our goals. We are active partners with the two federal agencies that invest most heavily in preventing child abuse before it occurs – the Federal Office of Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support CTFs across the country, the Alliance provides peer mentoring, national membership meetings, teleconference trainings and webinars, linkages of CTFs to national initiatives, distribution of new research findings and customized training and technical assistance as needed. Following are brief descriptions of some of our other projects and initiatives. Please also see the navigation at the top left of this page to explore more detailed information about our work.

Expanding the Capacity of a Robust Network of State CTFs

Based on evidence regarding quality organizational practices and assessments with state Children’s Trust Funds, the Alliance created Essential Functions and Quality Indicators. The Alliance provides capacity building strategies that support CTFs in assessing their growth and development and supports their roles as key state leaders in strengthening families and preventing child abuse before it occurs.

Preventing Child Neglect and Promoting Child Well-Being

The Alliance is working with state CTFs, state and federal agencies, parents, and national partner organizations to prevent child neglect and to promote the well-being of children and families. With funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Alliance launched a three-year effort to expand the national conversation around this important concern, to collect the current knowledge base and to work with selected states to document examples of ‘what works.’ Our formal announcement provides additional information along with an invitation to join us. Click here to share information.

Partnering with Parents

The Alliance supports partnerships with parents at the national, state and program levels. The strongest prevention programs facilitate parent leadership at all levels of the ecological model. From self leadership to facilitating policy change, the process of transforming a parent’s self image from a service recipient to a powerful change agent provides lasting positive outcomes for the parent leader and the entire system. In partnership with the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC), the Alliance provides training and technical assistance to state CTFs and their partners in building and sustaining strong partnerships with parents.

Community Cafes

This powerful tool of facilitated intentional conversations that promote the Strengthening Families Protective Factors and build parent leadership is based on the highly successful and well regarded World Café model. The Alliance, in partnership with the National Alliance Parent Partnership Council, provides training and long-term support that enables state and community organizations to successfully implement Community Cafes.

State Child Abuse Prevention Planning

The Alliance assists states in creating child abuse prevention plans to ensure the success of their state’s strategies on behalf of children and families.


Through the efforts of the Alliance’s Public Policy Committee, the Alliance advises legislators and advocates for effective policies and practices that strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. As a member of the National Child Abuse Coalition, the Alliance joins with numerous other national organizations committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by working together to shape the national policy agenda related to children and families.

Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood

In 2008, the federal Office of Child Abuse and Neglect funded the Center for the Study of Social Policy, in partnership with the Alliance and ZERO TO THREE, to develop and operate a National Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood.

Knowledge to Action Prevention Consortium

The Alliance is a partner with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal office of Child Abuse and Neglect, Prevent Child Abuse America and Parents Anonymous, Inc. in leading a Knowledge to Action Prevention Consortium that focuses on translating knowledge to action at the community and societal levels of the Ecological Model.

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