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

Q.    What is mandated reporting?
A.    Mandated reporters are persons who are required to report child maltreatment under specific circumstances.  Certain professions whose members are mandated by law to report child maltreatment typically have frequent contact with children.  Such individuals may include:

  • Social workers
  • Teachers and other school personnel
  • Physicians and other health-care workers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Childcare providers
  • Medical examiners or coroners
  • Law enforcement officers

Q.    How does PA CTF define child abuse and neglect?
A.    Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm

Q.    How does PA CTF get its current funding?
A.    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.  

Q.    What types of prevention efforts does PA CTF fund?
A.    PA CTF investments focus their program on primary and/or secondary child abuse and neglect prevention.  Primary and secondary prevention services are those that prevent the first occurrence of child abuse and neglect and are geared to either the general public or to families who are considered at-risk of abuse and neglect.  

Tertiary prevention services are those that are intervention-based or treatment services where abuse has already occurred.  These are not currently receiving funding through the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund.

Q.    How much funding can a potential grantee apply for?
A.    Organizations may request up to $120,000 over a three year period - $40,000 each year to enhance abuse and neglect prevention work in their communities using the Strengthening Families approach.  All organizations must provide a 25% local match in the first grant year and a 50% local match in the second and third years.  Match may not be from state or federal sources.  Half of the total match must be cash.  The balance may be either cash or in-kind.  

Q.    When does the PA CTF grant year begin and end?
A.    The PA CTF grant year runs from November 1st to October 31st.