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. 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.
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.
Services Provided By CCTF:
The Colorado Children's Trust Fund currently funds evidence based parent education programs. Example programs include the Nurturing Parenting Program, Smart Parenting, Incredible Years, and Better Start for Babies.
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.
Colorado Children's Trust Fund - Fiscal Year 2015 Grantees:
Catholic Charities Pueblo
The Conflict Center
Gunnison County Department of Human Services
Spanish Peaks Regional Home Health Center
United Way of Weld County
Approximate Amount Distributed this Fiscal Year 2014-2015 for Parenting Education Programs: $113,000
*additional CCTF funds are utilized in 2014-2015 to further knowledge of child maltreatment prevention field and to cover administrative costs
Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board:
The Colorado Children's Trust Fund is governed by a 9 person advisory board of directors with unique backgrounds to support and guide the work supported by the trust fund dollars. For the most current list of CCTF Board of Directors please Click Here.
CCTF Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Colorado Deparmtnet of Human Services (Denver Office) from 1pm-3pm. For a list of 2015 meetings dates please Click Here.
For details regarding the monthly board meeting details please refer to the monthly agendas posted below:
News and Updates:
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood (OEC) have made the decision to extend existing contracts funded by the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund (CCTF), Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program, and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program for one additional year (2015-2016). A number of factors have driven this decision including:
Patience is appreciated as OEC strives to identify the most efficient and effective investments that will best serve Colorado families in the coming years. The hope is that new solicitations for these programs will be released in January of 2016.
In addition, the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the planned expansion of the Colorado Community Response (CCR) program pilot is in the final stage of approval with the CDHS, Division of Contract Management. When it is released, notification will occur through email distribution lists, the OEC website and newsletter, the Colorado Human Services Directors Association Round Up e-newsletter, and the Colorado Counties Incorporated list serve.
Please note that County Departments of Human/Social Services do not need to register or activate their accounts in the Colorado Vendor Self Service [VSS] system. Procurement will provide a courtesy notification when the CCR RFP is posted, allowing interested vendors to view and respond to the solicitation.
For Additional Information Contact
Child Maltreatment Prevention Director