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The Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund works to ensure that all Wisconsin children grow up in healthy and nurturing environments free from violence with an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.         

The Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund community investment, time and money, is driven by strategic goals and the latest prevention research. In local communities and statewide, CTF advances a comprehensive child maltreatment prevention frame by connecting key partners around a shared agenda, seeding innovative strategies and research, spreading proven programs, impacting public perception, and promoting sound public policy. CTF is the leading force in building genuine cross-sector partnerships - government, nonprofit organizations and universities - transforming the brightest ideas into concrete actions that make Wisconsin the best place for children

Listing of current grantees and investments.

Current Community Investments 

These include evidence-based, evidenced-informed, promising practices and research program and services funded through the competitive RFP process for a five year cycle. CTF will continue to fund direct service programs working with children and families at risk for physical abuse, neglect or sexual abuse.

Family Resource Center Networks
Wisconsin Community Response Program
Milwaukee Community Response Program
Access and Visitation Centers
Child sexual abuse prevention

Special Project Grants

The CTF Special Project Grants are available for program planning, start-up or existing prevention services proposing to fill an identified need or gap in the community. The services could include direct prevention services, training, education services, capacity building, systems collaboration, policy development or research and evaluation. The first CTF Special Project Grants were approved in February, 2013.

Innovation Funds

Innovation Fund is an initiative intended to improve child maltreatment prevention by funding a comprehensive community-based prevention approach that will educate and build systems collaboration with traditional and nontraditional prevention stakeholders. The first Children’s Trust Fund Innovation Fund was awarded to Dane County Department of Human Service for the evaluation of The Early Childhood Initiative.

Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention

The Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund is responsible for having abusive head trauma prevention materials available for hospitals, birthing centers, home visiting programs, child care providers, schools and all providers of prenatal, postpartum and young child care coordination services.

CTF produced materials after the Prevent Violence Against Children Act passed in 2006. We also endorse the use of Period of Purple Crying. List of available publications and ordering instructions are found on the online Document Sales catalog.

To learn more about Period or Purple Crying, please contact Josh Puls, CTF Prevention Outreach Specialist.

The full text of the Prevent Violence Against Children Act is available at: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2005/data/acts/05Act165.pdf