The Colorado Children's Trust Fund (CCTF) was established in 1989 by the General Assembly

of the state of Colorado through House Bill 1216. The purpose of the Trust Fund is to prevent

the abuse and neglect of Colorado’s children.

 

Goals, Objectives & Activities

 

The Trust Fund is actively pursuing better lives for Colorado's children by maintaining focus on the following two goals:

 

1. Reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect for Colorado's children.
2. Reduce the need for state intervention in child abuse prevention and education.

 

Objectives and Activities to support achievement of the above goals are to:

  • Enhance communities' capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect by allocating CCTF funds annually for primary and secondary child abuse and neglect prevention programs to community-based organizations with a majority of the funds targeted to programs focusing on parents/caregivers prenatally and up to the first three years of children's lives.

  • Increase the number of parents/caregivers who are educated in healthy, positive and protective child-raising skills.

  • Support public education (e.g., conferences, workshops, seminars) that increase participants' knowledge and understanding of child abuse and neglect prevention and/or positive parenting skills that ensures the health, safety and well-being of children; provides information on prevention programs; and raises awareness.

  • Promote the exchange of information on prevention programs.

  • Monitor funded programs and support program evaluation activities.

  • Increase financial resources for the CCTF to advance its mission.

  • Ensure sustainability of effective child abuse and neglect prevention programs in local communities.

  • Improve prevention planning and management processes and systems of the CCTF.

 

Statutory Authorization

 

The Colorado Children's Trust Fund is authorized in Colorado Statute within the Children’s Code (Title 19), article 3.5, sections 101 through 109. The statute determines the structure of the CCTF Board of Directors, the powers and duties of the directors, the source of funding for the CCTF and the structure for disbursement of those funds.

 

Some key points of the CCTF Statute:

 

  • A nine member Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor, governs the CCTF with representatives from various fields such as Law, Medicine, Social Work, Mental Health and business. State Departments of Education, Human Services and Public Health and Environment are also represented on the CCTF Board.

  • As of July 1, 2000, funding is derived from the dissolution of marriage docket fee. Other funding may be obtained from federal grants, contributions, gifts, bequests and private donations.

  • Powers and duties of the CCTF Board include: to expend monies from the trust fund for child abuse prevention activities, to monitor the use of funds and other duties consistent with the intent of preventing child abuse in Colorado.

 

Evidence Based Child Maltreatment Prevention


The CCTF Board of Directors has determined that the most responsible use of State funds is for programs that are evidence-based, replicable and evaluation-ready. After a thorough search of child abuse prevention curricula, the Nurturing Parenting Program was selected in 2003 for replication around the state.

 

The Nurturing Parenting program helps parents by teaching that warmth, empathy and real connection with children are the best ways to raise them.

 

In 2008, the CCTF Board elected to expand funding to other evidence- and research-based curricula that utilized evaluation tools to prove their effectiveness in decreasing the risk of harm and neglect to children. The Incredible Years, SafeCare and Parents as Teachers curricula were selected for funding and support as a result of that decision.

 

Evaluation results have shown that families who complete the research-based parent education curricula supported by the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund showed significant increases in family cohesion and family independence and a concurrent significant decrease in family conflict. Furthermore, these improvements continued when families were evaluated a year later. Parents have also indicated high degrees of satisfaction with the programs.

 

Program Monitoring & Evaluation


Programs are required to submit a six-month progress report and a year-end report. The reports demonstrate project achievements, responsible use of CCTF funding and a summary of evaluation data.

 

Site visits are conducted with each newly funded program as well as with those who have requested on-site technical assistance or have displayed significant program deficiencies.

 

Colorado Children's Trust Fund - Fiscal Year 2014 Grantees

 

For a complete list click Here

 

Colorado Children's Trust Fund Statute

 

For details on statute click Here

 

Related Articles

CDC Grand Rounds: Creating a Healthier Future Through Prevention of Child Maltreatment

 

For Additional Information Contact

 

Tammi Graham

Director of the Division of Community and Family Support

303.866.5961

COLORADO CHILDREN'S  TRUST FUND

June 17th, 2014 CCTF Board Meeting Agenda

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