The 1999 Legislative session created the Kansas Children’s Cabinet to oversee the expenditures from the Master Tobacco Settlement. Ninety-five percent of the state’s portion of the Master Tobacco Settlement was dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and youth in the state.

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet has been directed by statute to undertake these four overarching responsibilities:

  1. Advising the Governor and the legislature regarding the uses of the moneys credited to the Children’s Initiatives Fund
  2. Evaluating programs which utilize Children’s Initiatives Fund moneys
  3. Assisting the Governor in developing and implementing a coordinated, comprehensive delivery system to serve children and families of Kansas
  4. Supporting the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the Children’s Trust Fund