The mission of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is to prevent child abuse and neglect through investing in strong communities, healthy families and safe children.
The Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF), statutorily created in 1984, serves as Ohio's sole public funding source dedicated to the primary and secondary prevention of child abuse and child neglect. The mission of the OCTF is to prevent child abuse and child neglect through investing in strong communities, healthy families and safe children. The vision of the OCTF is that it is a well-known innovative hub (center of excellence) for best practices, research and resources promoting children's healthy and safety. In addition, Trust Fund activities support families and communities. The OCTF works collaboratively with state and local systems to facilitate efficient and effective preventative services at the local level.The OCTF is a quasi-public entity, governed by a board of 15 members representing a broad public-private partnership. The board is comprised of eight members that represent the citizens of Ohio and are appointed by the Governor, four legislative appointees, and three agency directors (from the Ohio departments of Health, Job and Family Services, and Mental Health and Addiction Services). Current OCTF Board membership is diverse in expertise and in geographic interest. The Board includes representatives from the following fields: social work and child abuse and child neglect services, government relations and advocacy, health care, higher education, medicine, mental health, industry and private sector, and nonprofit executive leadership. The OCTF serves as the Ohio Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), where both the OCTF and PCAA share a common mission and collaborate on projects at both the state and national level.