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Child Fatality Review

Child Fatality Review (CFR) brings together city agencies and key experts to review fatalities of Baltimore City children from birth to age 17 to help us understand why children die and how to prevent these tragedies from happening again.

How CFR Works

The Baltimore City Health Department gathers information about unexpected child deaths in our city from public health, law enforcement, medical, and social services records. Every month, the CFR Team meets to review the information, identify trends and places where we could intervene, and makes recommendations for change. CFR meetings are completely confidential to protect families’ privacy.

Community Action

CFR Team members use some recommendations to make changes in their agencies’ policy and practice. Recommendations focusing on young children go directly to B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) Steering Committee. Anchored in the Mayor’s Office, the BHB Steering Committee is made up of a diverse group of community leaders. It oversees the BHB Core Implementation Team, which has met weekly since 2009 to review design and implement strategies to improve service systems and resources in Baltimore City and reduce infant mortality. Recommendations focusing on school-age children go to the Baltimore Youth Health and Wellness (YHW) Strategy. Launched in 2016, YHW is working to help Baltimore’s youth have healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy relationships and reduce child fatality.

Partners

Annie E. Casey Foundation * Baltimore Child Abuse Center * Baltimore City Department of Social Services * Baltimore City Fire Department * Baltimore City Health Department Office of Youth Violence Prevention * Baltimore City Public Schools * Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office * Baltimore Healthy Start * Baltimore Police Department * Behavioral Health System Baltimore * Family League of Baltimore * HealthCare Access Maryland * Johns Hopkins Hospital * Maryland Department of Juvenile Services * Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice * Mercy Medical Center * Office of the Chief Medical Examiner * Roberta’s House * Safe Kids Baltimore * University of Maryland Medical Center

More Information

For more information about CFR, contact Cathy Costa at cathy.costa2@baltimorecity.gov

Results

View our CFR Child Abuse Report to learn our recommendations for improving child health and safety in Baltimore:

Eliminating Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities in Baltimore City (January 2017)

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Sponsored by the Office of Mayor Catherine E. Pugh,
Baltimore City Health Department,
The Family League of Baltimore, and
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield