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The D.C. Children’s Trust Fund (DCCTF) is a public/private partnership which was established in 1993 as a result of legislation passed by the District of Columbia City Council and authorized by the Mayor. This legislation established DCCTF as a private nonprofit organization designed to stimulate innovative programs directed toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Efforts to develop a trust fund in the District of Columbia began in 1989 as a community-based movement which involved parents, social workers, educators, medical and mental health providers, religious, law enforcement and business representatives.


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The mission of the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund is to foster the well-being of the District’s children and their families by leading the way toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect.


DCCTF serves as a catalyst for prevention efforts by leveraging private and governmental resources, providing resources and technical assistance to community-based organizations, schools, and churches to strengthen families and thereby reduce the risk of child abuse. A major objective of DCCTF is to define and develop standards for primary prevention for the D.C. community at-large.


DCCTF provides guidance and support to community-based organizations (CBO), schools and churches citywide to incorporate primary prevention into their existing activities.


DCCTF’s work is focused in three broad categories: public education and awareness, community outreach and program linkages, and resource development and management.

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Public Education and Awareness

• Develop public education materials that promote primary prevention
• Develop messages that emphasize and promote ways to strengthen families and develop healthy children
• Sponsoring community forums and an annual "Parent Summit"

Community Outreach and Program Linkage

• Conduct outreach to businesses, fundraisers, and national organizations headquartered in D.C. to provide resources that support primary prevention
• Establish relationships with local organizations
• Serve as a resource on primary prevention models, programs, strategies, and materials
• Conduct outreach to policy-makers and advocates to insist that primary prevention be a component of human services

Resource Development and Management

• Develop monetary, programmatic, and in-kind resources to support primary prevention efforts
• Community-Based Family Resource and Support Grant
• Leveraging funds
• Parents Anonymous Grant
• Provide grants and technical assistance to schools, churches, and community-based organizations to add primary prevention components to their programs or enhance existing primary prevention efforts

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