Working to ensure a safe tomorrow for the children of Pennsylvania.

Children’s Trust Fund investments are intended to develop innovative and creative 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.  Pennsylvania’s Children’s Trust Fund (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. 


Pennsylvania’s CTF has been investing in prevention efforts since 1990. Through 2008 a total of $29,819,001 has been awarded to 234 programs.