Joanne Mooney works to prevent child abuse at national level
Joanne Mooney, coordinator for the Children’s Trust Fund in the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Safety and Permanency Division, sits on the board of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. The alliance, a national leader in child abuse prevention and family strengthening, is a membership organization that provides training, technical assistance and peer consulting opportunities to state Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund programs. Collectively, alliance members are the largest funders of community-based child abuse prevention strategies in the country.
Members of the alliance are catalysts for the development and implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed community-focused programs that strengthen and support families to prevent child maltreatment.
Elected by alliance members in 2013 and re-elected in 2015, Mooney serves on the Public Policy Committee and the Governance Committee. The Public Policy Committee guides and supports the alliance’s public policy work that promotes children’s health and well-being, and prevents child maltreatment. The Governance Committee is responsible for ensuring board effectiveness, maximum participation and performance.
In 2015, Mooney co-chaired the alliance’s national membership conference, focused on honoring culture and empowering communities, held in St. Paul, Minn. In addition to sharing best practices between states, members discussed the potential for transformational leadership in communities and learned about Hmong family experiences in Minnesota over the past four decades. Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel closed the meeting, citing Minnesota’s pioneering work to strengthen families and communities.