Funder Spotlight: The Children’s Trust Fund Offers Critical Prevention Dollars for At-Risk Families in Shelby County
Every child deserves to live in a safe, stable home. But in some families, substance abuse, housing needs, and issues of child abuse and neglect threaten that stability. Providing services in the home that keep children safe prevents the trauma that a family disruption can cause. Prevention dollars are an important tool for keeping families healthy and whole.
That’s why the Children’s Trust Fund is such a critical ally to Gateway.
The Fund was established in 1983 with Alabama’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Act to support community based prevention programs throughout Alabama. While several state agencies already existed to deal with different aspects of child abuse, none of these agencies specifically focused on solving the problem before it occurred. The Children’s Trust Fund remains Alabama’s only state agency dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect before it occurs.
Last year, a $30,000 grant from the Children’s Trust Fund helped us to provide Shelby County families with the skills to be successful through our Shelby Wraparound Program. This home-based literally “wraps” services around biological families in Shelby County to help them safely care for their children at home. Our staff members work with the Shelby County Department of Human Resources to identify the strengths and needs within each family and to eliminate barriers to safety and permanency. Several hundred families each year receive case management, parenting education, mentoring, substance abuse, emergency housing and food assistance, job preparation, and resources.
Because of the generous support of our friends at Children’s Trust Fund, Gateway staff is helping Shelby County families to break the cycle of abuse and neglect for this generation and those to come.
Intake services for the Shelby WRAP program are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 205-510-2780.
For more information about the Children’s Trust Fund, visit http://ctf.alabama.gov/
Posted on Fri, April 10, 2015
by Karin Park