Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) was established in 1988 with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the state. Read more about our history.
It is our mission to ensure all Alaskan children grow up in a family and community that provides them with all the tools and resources necessary to make their dreams come true.
Child abuse and neglect continues to put a burden on the individual, the family, the community and the state long after the abuse has occurred. Children who experience this type of trauma – also called Adverse Childhood Experiences – typically have poor school performance, use mental health resources at a higher rate, are more likely to be part of the correctional system, and are more likely to experience health issues.
For every dollar we invest in preventing children from experiencing trauma like child abuse and neglect, the return on investment is tenfold. With the generous support of our donors, ACT has invested more than $4 million in Alaskan children and families since our inception. Read some inspiring success stories.
To improve the status of children in Alaska by generating funds and committing resources to eliminate child abuse and neglect.
- Family focus
- Effective solutions
- Leveraging resources
- Convene for solutions
- Grassroots efforts
Strategies to the Solution
Alaska Children’s Trust’s vision is all children in Alaska grow up in safe, stable and nurturing communities. Alaska has struggled with some of the highest rates (per capita) of child maltreatment in the nation for decades. There is no single solution to resolve the complex issue of child abuse and neglect. To effectively turn the curve on this epidemic, we must deploy multiple strategies in a cohesive and strategic method. We have to be flexible, quick to respond, and open to new ideas, and we must build relationships across all sectors.
ACT has adopted a framework that includes six strategies inspired by the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control. The framework provides the architectural structure Alaska needs to truly prevent child abuse and neglect.
- FOSTER DATA. Data is neutral information that is an essential tool in building the road map to true success.
- ADVOCACY. Ensure the implementation of legislation that addresses the root cause of trauma and supports resilience.
- COMMUNITY INVESTMENT. Utilize resources that support efforts to address the social determinants identified by the data.
- STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC SUPPORTS FOR FAMILIES. Poverty leads to many of the social determinants that create the environment that cultivates maltreatment. This strategy aims to improve the socioeconomic conditions of families, which tend to have the largest impacts on health.
- EDUCATION AND LIFE SKILLS. Increase children’s access to more effective, equitable education, social-emotional learning, and life skills training.
- NORMS AND VALUE. Aims to strengthen norms and values that support safe, stable and nurturing environments for children and families.
Guided by these strategies and working together, we can prevent child abuse and neglect.