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Created in 1989, the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, formerly known as the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, is the national membership organization of state children’s trust and prevention funds.

What We Do

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

We support a dynamic NATIONAL NETWORK:

  • The Alliance is the national membership organization for state children’s trust and prevention funds
  • We provide leadership and support for a dynamic national network of children’s trust and prevention funds who are catalysts for positive changes in systems, policies and practices in their states to promote well-being for children, families and communities.

We are a PREVENTION HUB providing critical content to a broad audience:

  • The Alliance provides trainings, publications and other supports to ensure broad audiences understand the role each of us can play in strengthening families and communities and preventing child abuse and neglect.
  • We offer multiple training opportunities to educate professionals, policymakers, community members and parents. Our national network of more than 1,000 certified trainers uses the Alliance’s curriculum to equip front-line practitioners with a strengths-based approach to build protective factors. Our groundbreaking approach about child neglect prevention has increased understanding that communities and society can neglect children and families and provided much-needed tools that allow us all to take action to promote well-being throughout the social ecology.

We strengthen and model PARENT PARTNERSHIPS in all that we do:

The Alliance promotes and supports strong partnerships with parents through meaningful roles, structures and ongoing partnerships.

We are THOUGHT LEADERS in promoting the importance of prevention in systems and organizations:

The Alliance engages with systems, organizations, researchers, individuals and policymakers to promote a strong prevention focus in all areas that touch the lives of families. In all of our partnerships and collaborations across multiple fields of work, the Alliance is the voice of prevention.

We remain strong in our OUTREACH:

The Alliance ensures that it has a solid foundation, strong organizational structure, expert staff and sufficient funding so that its dynamic contributions will continue and grow. The Alliance joins with funding partners who share common goals, and we collaborate with leaders in the prevention field to achieve our mission. The Alliance board of directors is actively engaged in their roles of oversight, policy and direction for the organization.

Theory of Change

In 2018, the Alliance developed a Theory of Change that lays the foundation for future work. The Alliance works closely with its board of directors, members and parent partners to implement strategic plans based on its theory of change.

The five priority areas in the Alliance’s theory of change are:

  1. Maintain, strengthen and leverage state CHILDREN’S TRUST and PREVENTION FUNDS
  2. EDUCATE broad audiences about prevention, and serve as a hub for prevention science, practice and policy
  4. Engage and strengthen PREVENTION in systems and organizations that impact families
  5. Strengthen and maintain the ALLIANCE


The Alliance is governed by a board of directors consisting of representatives from state children’s trust and prevention funds. They provide leadership, vision and guidance in all of the Alliance’s work. Their important state-level roles as staff, board members and parent partners help ensure strong connections to the ongoing needs and interests of the national network. The Alliance benefits from their expertise and experience.

The mission and strategic plans of the Alliance are carried out by a highly qualified and experienced team of staff and consultants. Each member of the Alliance team brings years of experience and in-depth knowledge in multiple topical areas. Each links closely with members of the network, with parent partners and with other state and national collaborators and supporters to achieve organizational goals.


The Alliance has an active committee structure where its members and others with needed expertise contribute to the growth and vitality of the organization. The committees help shape the Alliance’s work and provide a national platform for members to interact with peers throughout the nation.


The Communications Committee advises the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance on strategies to promote the Alliance to external and internal audiences, to improve communications among its members and to support messaging about preventing child maltreatment.


The Finance Committee conducts monthly reviews of the Alliance fiscal reports and assures that the Alliance’s finances are managed effectively. Before each board meeting, the Committee submits a written report to the Board about the fiscal status of the organization and, if requested, the Committee provides a more detailed report to the Board. The Committee also reviews the fiscal management and fiscal policies of the organization annually, or more frequently if needed, and recommends any needed changes to the Board. The Board Treasurer chairs the Finance Committee.


The Governance Committee is responsible for ensuring board effectiveness, maximum participation and performance; nominating new board members; working with members who self-nominate for board membership; ensuring board policies are being observed; implementing board development and growth opportunities throughout the year; and ensuring all board members receive orientation and support. The Vice-President of the Board chairs the Governance Committee.

Public Policy

The Public Policy Committee guides and supports the Alliance’s work in the public policy arena to advance policies and legislation that bolster the strength and influence of state children’s trust and prevention funds and help build conditions where all families thrive and children grow up free from child maltreatment. The Alliance’s policy work is proactive and focused on proposing and supporting policies that promote health and well-being of children and families and prevent child maltreatment before it occurs.


The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting new members and retaining existing members, monitoring and assessing the needs of members and developing activities that promote active and engaged membership. Services are designed to meet the identified needs of members and are evaluated and adjusted annually.


  • Ensure all states have a strong and effective children’s trust or prevention fund capable of leading and investing in strategies, policies and best practices that prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs.
  • Initiate and engage in national efforts that help State Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds in strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Promote and support a system of services, laws, practices and attitudes that supports families by enabling them to provide their children with safe, healthy and nurturing childhoods.


For 30 years, the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has served as the national membership organization for state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. We are:


  • a hub for all elements in the prevention field
  • a thought leader in the movement to strengthen and promote the well-being of children, families, and communitie
  • a strong partner with parents.

Ray E. Helfer, MD, Award

The late Ray E. Helfer, MD, is considered the “father” of children’s trust and prevention funds, because of his conceptualization of special funds that could be used to ensure that our nation’s children grow up nurtured, safe and free from harm.

Dr. Helfer’s lifelong dedication to children serves as a model for all citizens. This award, sponsored by the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Child Abuse, was established in his honor and is presented each year at the Alliance’s Annual Membership Conference to a distinguished pediatrician for his or her contribution to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. All nominations must be submitted by representatives of children’s trust or prevention funds. For more information on Dr. Helfer, please visit the Ray Helfer Society.