The Children's Trust Fund (CTF) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. It was established in 1985 by the State Legislature (NRS 432.131) and is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Grant Management Unit (GMU). The CTF is a special account that receives fees from Nevada birth and death certificates. To supplement the Fund, the GMU submits an annual application for federal Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) grant funds, established by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Amendments of 1996 and most recently reauthorized by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010.
Every two years the GMU publishes a Request for Applications for primary and secondary prevention programs for child abuse and neglect, funded through the CTF. The Grants Management Advisory Committee (GMAC) reviews the applications and makes award recommendations to the DHHS Director. The GMAC focuses on funding programs that provide parenting education, self-protection education for children, respite care, home visitation, and public awareness of child abuse and neglect.
CTF-funded programs that address child abuse and neglect prevention or provide respite to the primary caregiver of children with disabilities are required to incorporate the Six Protective Factors in their programs and activities.
The US Department of Health and Human Services'
Administration for Children and Families has a comprehensive website with a
wealth of resources available.
Email the Grant Management Unit at GMU@dhhs.nv.gov