Recognizing the need to better understand why children die, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill Number 448 (HB 448) in July, 2000, mandating Child Fatality Review (CFR) Boards in each of Ohio’s counties (or regions) to review the deaths of children under eighteen years of age.
The ultimate purpose of the local review boards, as clearly described in the law, is to reduce the incidence of preventable child deaths. To accomplish this, it is expected that local review boards will:
Promote cooperation, collaboration and communication between all groups that serve families and children;
Maintain a database of all child deaths to develop an understanding of the causes and incidence of those deaths;
Recommend and develop plans for implementing local service and program changes; and advise the department of health of aggregate data, trends and patterns found in child deaths.
Ohio Department of Health
Child Fatality Review Program
246 North High Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: (614) 728-0773
Fax: (614) 564-2442