The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund (LCTF) was established in 1983 following the passage of the Children’s Trust FundAct. This Act established a separate source of funds that is governed by a Board of Directors which is composed of cross-sector multi-disciplinary representatives. The responsibilities of the board include the development of a comprehensive State Plan for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and oversight of child abuse and neglect prevention programs. The board also ensures that best practices and evidence-based models are introduced and utilized by grantees and that programs are implemented with high quality and fidelity.
The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund operates as a quasi-government agency housed within the Governor’s Office of Programs and Planning. Each year, federal dollars are received through the Administration for Children and Families Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) grant in addition to the Statutory Dedicated funds obtained from duplicate birth certificate fees. LCTF utilizes these funds to provide reimbursement contracts to primary and secondary child abuse and neglect prevention programs. These programs provide support to strengthen the family system in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. All programs are funded after a highly competitive grant application process. Programs are also required to submit semi-annual evaluation reports to demonstrate outcomes for their populations served.
"To prevent child abuse and neglect among Louisiana's children and families through building strong cross-sector partnerships and through increased child safety public awareness."
Katina M. Semien, Esq.
Executive Administrative Assistant
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