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:
Lyn Lee Bruckner, Staff Attorney and Acting Director - (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
April 23, 24, and 25
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 held at Rough River Dam State Resort Park, located at 450 Lodge Rd., Falls of Rough. (Click here for the park's website)
Scheduled meeting dates and times (all times listed are Central time):
April 23 - 3:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
April 24 - 8:30am - 5:00pm CDT
April 25 - 8:30am - 2:00pm CDT
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.
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.
April 23-25, 2017 Case Reviews and Findings
February 20, 2017 Case Reviews and Findings
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
Signed Memorandum of Understanding
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
Final Report of the Commission to End Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
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