30 Year Anniversary


Celebrating 30 years

Thirty years ago, in 1984, the Children’s Trust Fund was started by statute to fund innovative, community-based child abuse prevention programs. This year we are commemorating our anniversary with several events and initiatives, including a proclamation from Governor Haley, State House media event, a luncheon for past leadership and acknowledgement at our annual black tie gala.

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Governor, Legislators Support Anniversary and Child Abuse Prevention

Children’s Trust of South Carolina hosted a State House news conference in April to commemorate 30 years of preventing child abuse and neglect in our state and to launch Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Media Release




State of South Carolina Governor’s Proclamation

Governor Nikki Haley proclaimed April 3 Children’s Trust of South Carolina 30th Anniversary Day.


Anniversary Tribute Video

This two-minute video takes a look at the past and future of preventing child abuse, neglect and injury in South Carolina.





Luncheon Recognizes Past Leadership

On May 15, leadership from the four organizations that merged to become Children’s Trust — Voices for South Carolina’s Children, Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina, Safe Kids South Carolina and the Children’s Trust Fund — celebrated the anniversary at a special luncheon.

Luncheon photos


Our Milestones

1978
The Council on Child Abuse and Neglect incorporated

1984
Trust Fund established by statute
Check-Off for Children launched
Federal Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grant funds redistributed statewide

1989
First KIDS COUNT report published, prompting creation of The Alliance for Carolina’s Children

1992
First advocacy by The Alliance for Carolina’s Children focused on low childhood immunization rates

1998
Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina nationally chartered

2008
Leading child advocacy and child abuse prevention organizations merged

2010
Safe Kids South Carolina joined Children’s Trust

2010
Historic federal home visiting investment started

2011
Target set to reduce child abuse, neglect and unintentional injury by 50 percent by 2023

2012
Children’s Trust named KIDS COUNT South Carolina grantee

2013
Strengthening Families Program started in 10 communities
Home visiting investment expanded
Program for pregnant and parenting teens begun
30th Anniversary and Child Abuse Prevention Month recognized at State House