Children's Trust Fund

The Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund (PA CTF) is dedicated to funding innovative and creative community-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs. Specific emphasis for funding is placed on primary prevention programs that focus on the prevention of abuse before it occurs for the first time. PA CTF was established pursuant to Act 151 of 1988, the Children’s Trust Fund Act.

PA CTF is led by a 15-member Board of Directors and administered by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). The PA CTF Board consists of three members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, three members of the Pennsylvania Senate and nine citizens appointed by the Governor. The Deputy Secretary for OCDEL under the Departments of Public Welfare and Education serves as the Executive Director to the Board.

The Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund is funded through revenue generated from a $10 surcharge on all marriage and divorce applications filed in the Commonwealth. Additionally, gifts, donations, interest and sometime federal funds contribute to our revenue.

PA CTF recently established the nonprofit supporting organization, Friends of the Children’s Trust Fund (Friends). The purpose of this organization is to raise additional funds through philanthropy and promote awareness of CTF, while publicizing the program and its mission. The main objective of Friends will be to increase CTF revenues and identify and secure new areas of funding.

Since its inception in 1988 through 2014, Pennsylvania has continued its commitment to keeping children safe by awarding over $35 million in Children’s Trust Fund grants to 280 organizations across the state.

For more information, please visit the Friends of the Children’s Trust Fund website at

PA Contact: PA CTF – Theresa Campisi (