Look Before You Lock!

LCTF Campaign to Prevent
Child Abuse & Neglect! 

Welcome to Louisiana Children's Trust Fund!

LCTF is a statewide organization that partners with organizations across Louisiana to prevent child abuse and neglect. The Trust Fund accepts grant applications annually and selects projects to support in each region of Louisiana within the funding priorities set in the state plan.

The funding priorities are set every five years and encompass regional and statewide goals within five key areas:

  • Education and Support for Parents
  • Self-help Groups and Neighborhood Support Programs
  • Prevention and Life Skills Training Programs for Children and Youth
  • Coordination and Continued Education of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
  • Public Awareness and Education of the Problem

Please explore the website! You will find resources, campaign information, our state plan, a calendar of events and more! You may search our directory of grantees by name or region.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The President of the United States has issued a proclamation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click here to view it.

What are you doing to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month? Share your photos and stories with us at LCTF. Send to Dr. Dana Hunter.

The Children's Bureau has recently released the 2016 Prevention Resources Guide. It was distributed at the LCTF Day at the Capitol and is also available in pdf form online. Click here to view it and many other resources.

2016 Day at the Capitol

The 2016 Louisiana Children's Trust Fund Day at the Capitol was Thursday, April 7, 2016. The turnout for the day was fabulous! Thank you to all who joined us in Baton Rouge. We had 20 groups set up displays and many more joined us for the day to meet with legislators, tour the capitol and network with other groups working to prevent child abuse. Legislators in both houses received mugs with information about the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund at their desks. 

Speakers at our rally on the capitol steps were very encouraging and motivating. We heard from Dr. Dana Hunter, LCTF Executive Director; Malcolm Myer, LCTF Board Chair; Marketa Garner Walters, DCFS Secretary; Edi Winkle, from the FRIENDS National Resource Center; and others. Special thanks to the Masters Degree students and interns from LSU School of Social Work.

Click here to view a video from the 2016 Day at the Capitol.


Judge Richard Ware Award

The 2014 Judge Richard Ware Award was presented to Richard Ducote, JD. An attorney with a long-standing history of advocating for children and families, he was selected by the review committee to be our next recipient of this award. The Judge Richard Ware award was started to honor those going above and beyond for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Congratulations to Richard Ducote! For more information, click here.

Look Before You Lock!                                                          

Join us in supporting the LCTF Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Campaign: Look BEFORE You Lock!  Learn more about this program and gain access materials that you can use to help others keep children safe. 

Take pictures and send them to us showing how you use the materials to keep children safe. Did you have an exhibit at a community fair, hand them out at the market, etc.?


LCTF State Plan
for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention


  • Official State Plan Cover
  • Board List
  • Letter from Malcolm Myer, Board Chair
  • Richard Ware Award recipients
  • Table of Contents
Part  One
  • LCTF history
  • National child abuse and neglect timeline
  • Funding charts and graphs
  • Timeline of Louisiana's child abuse and neglect prevention efforts

Part  Two

  • Definitions of child abuse and neglect
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Protective Factors Survey
  • Louisiana Snapshot - data and charts

Part Three

  • Louisiana Regions Map
  • Summary of finding by Region and Statewide
  • Funding Priorities

Part Four

  • Vision 2020 Statement
  • Funding Basics
  • Louisiana Children's Trust   Fund Act

Part Five

  • Resource Directory
  • Research Report: Contemporary Perspectives on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Related Websites 
  • Sources for Statistical Information in the State Plan
  • LCTF License Plate flyer

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