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The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, the national membership organization for state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2019!

The Alliance is:

  • 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 communities
  • A strong partner with parents

What We Do

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

We support a strong 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 partnerships with parents 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, as we promote 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.


  • 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.

Strategic Plan

The Alliance works closely with its board of directors, members and parent partners to implement strategic plans based on its theory of change.

In 2018, the top priority areas in the strategic plan are:

1. Expand and sustain a national network of strong children’s trust and prevention funds.

2. Leverage the voices of the Alliance, state children’s trust and prevention funds and parents to create and guide positive changes in policies and practices.

3. Promote effective strategies to prevent child maltreatment and strengthen families and communities.

4. Continue to strengthen the Alliance’s organizational and fiscal sustainability.



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.

Our Committees


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 contribute to and help shape the Alliance’s work and provide a national platform for members to interact with peers across the US.

The Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for advising the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds on strategies to: (1) promote the Alliance to external and internal audiences, (2) promote communications among Alliance members, and (3) support communications and messaging in support of child maltreatment prevention in general.

The Finance Committee

The Finance Committee conducts monthly reviews of the Alliance fiscal reports and assures that the Alliance’s finances are managed effectively. Prior to each board meeting, the Committee submits a written report to the Board regarding 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

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.

The Public Policy Committee

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

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. Their goals are to:

  1. Develop a plan to increase the number of new states joining the Alliance each year;
  2. Develop a retention plan to maintain current member of the Alliance and to encourage their active participation in Alliance activities, and
  3. Develop new ways to facilitate ongoing communication and sharing of knowledge between Alliance staff, Board and membership – and between members themselves.

Ray E. Helfer, M.D. Award


The late Ray Helfer, M.D., is considered the “father” of children’s trust and prevention funds, due to 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 National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds 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 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 Ray Helfer, please visit the Ray Helfer Society.

CTF History 

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds is the national membership organization for state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, 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 communities; and a strong partner with parents. In 2019, the Alliance will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To learn more about the history of the Alliance, click here.