Strong Families and Supportive Communities Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance is committed to helping all children and their families.

Preventing child maltreatment is more than a family matter.

Fathers to Share at BFPP May 23 Workshop

Fathers involved in the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) will share their experiences in building and supporting meaningful relationships among both parents, foster parents and kinship caregivers at the BFPP’s May 23 workshop. The 90-minute virtual session starts at 3pm ET | 2pm CT | 1pm MT | Noon PT.

The BFPP dads will talk about how they use the BFPP’s A Relationship Building Guide and A State and Local Leader’s Guide to Building a Strong Policy and Practice Foundation, both available to download on the BFPP page.

Visit the BFPP page to learn more. Click HERE to register for the May 23 workshop.

BPNN Updates Parent Partnership Directory

The Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) has updated its directory of Parent Partnership Organizations. Created 5 years ago in partnership with parent BPNN members, the directory is an overview of organizations nationwide that partner with parents to support, strengthen and sustain healthy families and communities. The 2022 revision includes state parent advisory councils and other new resources.

Visit the BPNN page for more information. Download the updated directory HERE.

BPNN 8th Annual Virtual Convening Set for June 23

Save the date and join us on June 23 for the 8th Annual Virtual BPNN Convening when we will discuss “Racism and Anti-Racism in the Social Ecology.” Dr. Charlyn Harper Browne and Cailin O’Connor from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) will explore the many ways that racism permeates our lives, and how we can take active, anti-racist steps as individuals and within systems.

During the 2-1/2 hour convening, we will look at how racism shows up across the social ecology of children and their families’ lives. The convening begins at 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am CT and 10am ET.

Learn more on the BPNN page and register in advance HERE.

Book Club Guide for "What Happened to You?"

Created for parents, the Alliance’s book club guide is called “Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing” and supports anyone reading What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. We piloted our guide with the Georgia Parent Advisory Council’s book club. Oprah Winfrey joined the members of the GA PAC book club for their final discussion and Dr. Bruce Perry joined the virtual event when the book club guide was released to the public.

Learn more and download our book club guide for parents HERE.

ALL Children and Their Families Need Our Support

The Alliance has issued a statement relating to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s effort to classify gender affirming care for transgender children as child abuse. In its statement, the Alliance points out that research and national experts say “gender affirming care is NOT child abuse.” The Alliance stands with colleagues across the nation in opposing such actions, and says, “Parents of transgender children need to be supported – not reported.”

Visit our PUBLIC POLICY page to read the Alliance’s statement or download a PDF of it HERE.

Dr. Lily J. Lou Receives 2021 Award

Lily J. Lou, MD, FAAP, a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Director of Government Relations at the University of Illinois-Chicago, received the 2021 Ray E. Helfer, MD, Award on Feb. 17, 2022 at a virtual award ceremony held by the Alliance. Dr. Lou was nominated for the award by Trevor Storrs, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Children’s Trust.

The award, sponsored by the Alliance and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Child Abuse, is named for Dr. Ray E. Helfer who is considered to be the “father of children’s trust and prevention funds.”

Learn more about Dr. Lou and her work to help children and families on the ABOUT page HERE.

Our Areas of Focus

Building Healthy Communities

The Alliance works to strengthen prevention in systems and organizations that impact families so that children grow up nurtured, healthy and free from harm.

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Children's Trust Funds

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance is the national membership organization for state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.

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Partnering with Parents

The Alliance models parent partnerships and provides support to other mission–related organizations in developing and strengthening parent partnerships.


Preventing Child Neglect

With the support of tools, training and other resources, the Alliance’s research provides a solid foundation for discussing how to prevent child neglect in the 21st century.

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Protective Factors

The Alliance and Children’s Trust Funds across the country lead the way in developing effective implementation strategies, training and resources for a protective factors approach in working with families.


Public Policy

The Alliance and state Children’s Trust Funds promote the well-being of children by engaging the general public and influencing national systems and organizations that impact children, families and communities.

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Video Overview of Alliance Website

Hear Teresa Rafael, Executive Director of  Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, discuss some of the great resources and materials available on our website. Teresa shares information about our state children trust fund members, our work with parents, our protective factors training and our preventing child neglect resources. Listen to the 2-minute video and enjoy exploring our website. Click HERE to access the video on YouTube.