The CTF Act mandates that a 15-member board administer the fund. The board consists of three members from the Senate, appointed by the senate president pro-tempore; three members from the House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house; and nine public members, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Deputy Secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) serves as the executive director and carries out the duties and responsibilities assigned by the board through staff employed at OCDEL.
The Children’s Trust Fund Board believes that:
- Every child has the right to be safe, nurtured and protected from abuse and neglect;
- Every child should be given the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential by having access to Children’s Trust Fund projects;
- Every child has the right to grow up in a supportive, stable, permanent family;
- Every community should be trusted and supported to make decisions about services most appropriate for its children and families; and
- Social, economic, cultural and racial diversity of Pennsylvania’s communities should be respected.
The Children’s Trust Fund Board has adopted the following guiding principles and core values.
- We aspire to be a catalyst to influence public policy and to change social attitudes that promote and tolerate violence against children.
- We strive to improve the lives of children by initiating prevention programs that strengthen families, build communities, and empower individuals to protect and nurture their children.
- We encourage collaboration among public and private agencies, replication of innovative community-based programs, strong leadership, flexibility and diversity.
- We recognize our responsibilities as stewards of a public trust, never losing sight of children’s urgent need to be free from abuse and neglect.
We are passionately committed to ensuring the safety of children in Pennsylvania.