Our Mission

Improving the well-being of Kansas children and youth

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

Statutory Purpose

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

  • Advising the governor and the legislature regarding the use of money credited to the Children’s Initiatives Fund
  • Evaluating programs which utilize Children’s Initiatives Fund money
  • Assisting the Governor in developing and implementing a coordinated, comprehensive delivery system to serve children and families in Kansas
  • Supporting the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the Children’s Trust Fund

Our History

1980

prevention funds

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.

the investment blueprint

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

1991

1992

corporation for change

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.

Governor’s Advisory Committee

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.

1998

1999

Kansas children’s cabinet

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet was established by statute to advise the Governor and the Legislature regarding the uses of the moneys from the Master Tobacco Settlement. 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.

from dcf to ksde

The fiscal agent for the Children’s Cabinet transitioned to the Kansas State Department of Education.

2016

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.