Howard County Child Fatality Review (CFR)

The Maryland Child Fatality Review Team is a state-mandated body that was established in Maryland by Senate Bill 464 in 1999. Local teams were established across the state and each must read and implement Maryland code as established in the law. 

Child Fatality Review (CFR) is a means for communities to improve understanding of how and why children die; to influence policies and programs to improve child health, safety, and protection; and to prevent future child deaths.

Howard County CFR is a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency review team that works cooperatively with other state and local review systems. It is based on a guiding principle that the understanding of child deaths must be based on both qualitative and quantitative information from child death case reviews and observations.

The Howard County CFR team meets quarterly (January, April, July, and October) on the last Wednesday of the month at 1 pm at the Health Department. While these meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act and involve an open session at the beginning of each meeting, due to the confidentiality of the topics discussed, meetings are closed to the public shortly after convening.

Information about the Maryland Child Fatality Review may be found on the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) website. Additional information and statistics are available from Spotlight-Maryland.


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