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History of the NC Children’s Trust Fund


The North Carolina Children’s Trust Fund (NC CTF) was established in 1983 as part of a national effort to assure all states had funding solely dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect.

Initially, NC CTF was financed by an annual state appropriation, a portion of marriage license fees, and interest income. A little over a decade ago, NC CTF equaled over $1.7 million. It took a huge loss in 2000 when the NC General Assembly transferred $1.3 million from NC CTF due to state deficit. This significant loss hindered NC CTF’s ability to provide grants and funding to agencies, programs, and activities that provide a safe, stable, nurturing environment for all North Carolina children.

NC CTF responded to this loss by creating the Kids First license plate in 1999.


NC CTF is the only source of state dollars dedicated solely to child abuse and neglect prevention efforts. NC CTF provides funds to child abuse prevention programs that offer services to families who have been reported to Child Protective Services, but have been screened out at intake or closed, with a case decision of “services recommended”, “no services needed”, or “unsubstantiated”, after an initial family assessment or investigation.

The North Carolina Children’s Trust Fund supports organizations that are collaboratively working within their communities to provide outreach, support, and services to families identified as being at-risk of compromised health and safety to eliminate or reduce those risks by promoting protective factors that strengthen and support families.


The NC CTF currently receives its funding from a portion of the sale of Kids First license plates, a portion of marriage license fees, and donations.


Kids First License Plates

The Kids First license plate was created in 1999 to raise money for child abuse and neglect prevention. A portion of the specialty plate fee goes to NC CTF.  By purchasing a plate, you are supporting the message that kids come first while raising money for the programs and activities that have a long-lasting positive impact on child abuse prevention. A portion of the purchase fee for each plate, $15, goes directly into NC CTF.

An estimate of 300 plates sold per year would increase the fund by approximately $4,500.


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