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.
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:
Evidence Based Child Maltreatment Prevention
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
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
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Colorado Children's Trust Fund Statute
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For Additional Information Contact
Director of the Division of Community and Family Support