History

How the Children’s Cabinet Came to Be

In 1980…

Kansas was the first state to establish a special fund, The Kansas Family and Children Trust Fund, dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Children’s Trust Fund dollars provide funding for community-based prevention programs that implement a wide range of strategies designed to assist families and individuals in preventing child abuse and neglect.

In 1991…

The Kansas Legislative leaders were particularly interested in taking a significant step forward to confront the issues facing children and families in Kansas.   As a result, the Legislature approved a Special Committee on Children’s Initiatives to meet during the months between legislative sessions to explore in earnest the needs of the Kansas children and families.  The specific committee developed a plan that became known as the Blueprint for Investing in the Future of Kansas Children and Families.

In 1992…

The Legislature created the Corporation for Change to implement the Blueprint and promote system reform in children and family services.  The Corporation for Change was given the responsibility for administering the Children’s Trust Fund.

In 1998…

The Corporation for Change was replaced by a new committee, the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Children and Families.  During this time, administration of the Children’s Trust Fund became the responsibility of the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

In 1999…

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet was established with the following major functions:

  1. advising the Governor and the Legislature regarding the uses of the moneys from the Master Tobacco Settlement credited to the Children’s Initiatives Fund,
  2. assessing and evaluating initiatives receiving moneys from the Children’s Initiatives Fund,
  3. assisting the Governor in developing and implementing a coordinated, comprehensive delivery system to serve children and families of Kansas, and
  4. supporting the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the Children’s Trust Fund.

The Governor’s Advisory Committee on Children and Families was abolished through this statute, and the Children’s Trust Fund became the responsibility of the newly formed Children’s Cabinet.

In 2016…

Fiscal agent of the Children’s Cabinet transitioned to the Kansas State Department of Education.

Today…

Cabinet activities are guided by the Blueprint for Early Childhood.  The Cabinet oversees grants for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) and the Early Childhood Block Grants.

The Children’s Trust Fund receives a percent of marriage license fees and the federally funded Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) grant program through Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).  Children’s Trust Fund license plates and limited edition prints generate further income for prevention activities.  The Children’s Trust Fund and local communities partner to raise funds that support child abuse and neglect prevention programs across the state.