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.

Meet LCTF's New Executive Director

November 2, 2015 was the first official day of work for Dr. Dana R. Hunter as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund. After an extensive search, Dr. Hunter was selected by the Board of Directors following Judy Harrison's retirement. Dr. Hunter will oversee the child abuse and neglect prevention efforts that are coordinated through the Trust Fund programs, working closely with state and federal partners. The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund supports prevention programs across Louisiana and statewide conferences through reimbursement grants. The grant program encourages grassroots support and activities at the local, parish, regional and statewide level.

Dr. Hunter began her professional career as a child welfare specialist in June 2005.  For nearly 7 years, Dr. Hunter gained invaluable experience serving vulnerable children and families as a boots on the ground child welfare specialist for the Department of Children and Family Services.  Both her successes and challenges in working directly with abused and neglected children led her to pursue a higher level of knowledge and research to better understand the needs of such a vulnerable population. In the fall of 2010, Dr. Hunter enrolled in the Ph.D. program at LSU.  During her doctoral studies at LSU, she devoted much of her time and attention to obtaining an abreast understanding and keen awareness of federal and state programs and policies developed specifically to create better outcomes for abused and neglected children while at the same time conducting cutting edge research in this substantive area. In December 2013, Dr. Hunter obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work from Louisiana State University.  Post-graduation, she served in the capacity of Senior Research Associate in the Office of Social Service Research and Development at Louisiana State University, where she provided leadership on research and evaluation designs for several federal grant initiatives, one of which focused solely on researching evidence-based programs to end homelessness among abused and neglected youth in the foster care system. 

2015 Day at the Capitol

The Louisiana Children's Trust Fund held its Annual Day at the Capitol on May 21, 2015. Over 25 of Louisiana Children's Trust Fund's grantees and community friends set up displays and brought information to share. We went to help let the legislators and the public know more about programs that are in our state to help protect children. Malcolm Myer, LCTF Board Chair, greeted the attending grantees and guests on the Capitol steps and thanked the organizations for their dedication and commitment to the safety and protection of our greatest resource, our children. Sherry Guarisco, Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families, gave an update on the Platform for Children document that is in progress. 

To view a video of our 2015 Day at the Capitol, click here.


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.

Resources for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in April, time is spent acknowledging the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.  To help you plan for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, you can access:

Bookmark the 2015 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for additional resources.


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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