State Children's Trust Fund

The State Children’s Trust Fund (SCTF) was established as a separate fund in the state treasury in 1983 for the purpose of child abuse and neglect prevention. The Legislature specified the Office of Child Abuse Prevention as responsible for administering programs and projects with the SCTF’s annual allocation. Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18969 limits administrative costs to no more than five percent of the annual allocation. The SCTF is derived from moneys from state income tax voluntary donations, a percentage of birth certificate fees from state vital statistics, and a portion of specialty license plate revenue.

Visit SCTF Program descriptions and expenditures to learn more about programs supported by the State Children's Trust Fund. You can help continue the efforts to protect our children from abuse and neglect by donating to the SCTF. Click to learn how.

Programs currently supported by the SCTF include:

Strategies 2.0
Strategies 2.0 is a collaborative effort between the Child Abuse prevention Center, San Diego State University Research Foundation and the Children's Bureau to create a statewide prevention capacity building network. Together the three funded organizations enhance the capacity of family resource centers and family strengthening organizations to more effectiveley provide child abuse prevention services and support better outcomes for children and families.

Department of General Services
Department of General Services provides materials to advertise special Kids Plate automobile license plates.

Public Awareness Campaigns
Public awareness campaigns for child safety concerns such as Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome, Safe Surrender Baby Law, Safe Sleep and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Legislature’s intent for the SCTF includes:

Dissemination and Research
Funding of large-scale dissemination of information that will promote public awareness regarding the nature and incidence of child abuse and neglect and the availability of services for intervention including but not limited to, the production of public service announcements, well-designed posters, pamphlets, booklets, videos, and other media tools.