Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel was created and established by Kentucky Revised Statutes 620.055 for the purpose of conducting comprehensive reviews of child fatalities and near fatalities suspected to be the result of abuse or neglect. The Panel is a twenty member multidisciplinary team of professional including representatives from the medical, social services, mental health, legal, and law enforcement communities, as well as others who work with and on behalf of Kentucky's children. The Panel reviews official records and other relevant information received from a variety of sources: the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Department for Juvenile Justice, medical records including autopsy reports, law enforcement records and records held by an Family, Circuit or District Court. The purpose of these reviews is to become aware of systemic deficits and to make recommendations for improvements to help prevent child fatalities and near fatalities due to abuse or neglect.


For additional information regarding the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, please contact:

Tim Havrilek, Cabinet Administrator
Lyn Lee Bruckner, Staff Attorney - (502) 564-8225
Marlene Mundine, Executive Staff Advisor - (502) 564-8242

*Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is dependent, neglected or abused shall report to local law enforcement, Kentucky State Police, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, or Commonwealth's or county attorney. KRS 620.030*

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Child Abuse Reporting Hotline: 1-800-752-6200
More information about reporting child abuse or neglect: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Booklet


 

2017 Meeting Dates for Child Fatality and
 Near Fatality External Review Panel

February 20
April 23, 24, and 25
June 19
September 18
November 6

February, June, and November will be 9am to 3pm at the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, located at 111 Darby Shire Circle, Frankfort, KY.

The April Meeting will be at Rough River State Resort Park (times TBA).

The September meeting will be from 9am to Noon at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, KY, in conjunction with the Kids Are Worth It! conference.

 

 

Annual Report

KRS 620.055 (10) requires the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel to publish an annual report by December 1 of each year consisting of case reviews, findings, and recommendations for system and process improvements to help prevent child fatalities and near fatalities that are due to abuse and neglect. This report is submitted to the Governor, the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, and the Director of the Legislative Research Commission for distribution to the Health and Welfare Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

Case Reviews and Findings

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel will post updates regarding case reviews, findings and recommendations to this webpage after each meeting.

November 21, 2016 Case Reviews and Findings
October 24, 2016 Case Reviews and Findings
September 12, 2016 Case Reviews and Findings
May 16, 2016 Case Reviews and Findings
July 18, 2016 Case Reviews and Findings
March 14 and 15, 2016 Case Reviews and Findings
January 25, 2016 Case Reviews and Findings

Other Reports/Information

Signed Memorandum of Understanding
KRS 620.055
2013 HB 290
2012 Executive Order
Batterer as Parent: PowerPoint Presentation bu Darlene Thomas
Safety Presentation: Presented by Dr. V. Montgomery

Minutes from Previous Years

2015
11-21-16 Minutes
01-25-16 Minutes

2015
09-14-15 Minutes
07-20-15 Minutes
05-18-15 Minutes
03-16-15 Minutes
01-26-15 Minutes
11-16-15 Summary
09-14-15 Summary
07-20-15 Summary
05-18-15 Summary
03-16-15 Summary
01-26-15 Summary

2014
11-17-14 Minutes
09-08-14 Minutes
01-13-14 Minutes
03-10-14 Minutes
05-19-14 Minutes
07-21-14 Minutes
01-13-14 Summary
07-21-14 Summary
09-08-14 Summary
11-17-14 Summary

2013
01-28-13 Minutes
03-11-13 Minutes
05-13-13 Minutes
07-22-13 Minutes
09-09-13 Minutes
11-04-13 Minutes
12-02-13 Minutes
07-22-13 Summary
09-09-13 Summary
11-04-13 Summary

2012
11-27-12 Minutes

Resources

Final Report of the Commission to End Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

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