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Funding Sources

Although the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is a quasi-public agency, it receives no tax dollars. The public money it receives comes solely from document fees — and we’re committed to using every dollar wisely.

In the last two fiscal years, nearly 90 percent of the money we brought in went directly into paying for programs and services — which means that money benefited Ohio families and children.

Here are the ways the Trust Fund is funded:


Under Ohio law, the Trust Fund receives a portion of money from fees paid to local governments when individuals purchase certified copies of certain documents, including:

  • Birth certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Divorce decrees
  • Dissolutions

Donations and Partnerships

The Trust Fund also proactively seeks donations and partnerships with private businesses, organizations, and volunteer groups to further support its mission and increase the level of services available to Ohioans.

Learn more about the activities your donation could support.


We have been successful in obtaining public and private grants to support our mission. These grants have allowed us in turn to support community programs and help numerous Ohio families.

Learn More About OCTF

Learn more about the Trust Fund’s mission and our commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Ohio.