Child Fatality Review Team

Visit the Child Fatality Reviews page for public notifications and annual reports.

House Bill 1181 was passed during the 2011 Colorado legislative session. This statute codified the CDHS Child Fatality Review Team and provided statutory authority through the addition of section 26-1-139 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The statute also outlines the guidelines regarding the team's purpose, structure and reporting procedures.
In 2012, statute was amended when Senate Bill 12-033 was passed, adding to the purview of the Child Fatality Review Team the review and public disclosure of non-confidential information regarding egregious and near fatal incidents to the existing requirement of public disclosure of information regarding fatal incidents of child abuse and neglect. These changes allow the team to gain a better understanding of the causes, trends and system responses to child maltreatment and develop recommendations in policy, practice and systemic changes to improve the overall health, safety and well-being of children in Colorado and mitigate future child fatalities.

As outlined in 7.106.13(A) “Within twenty-four (24) hours (excluding weekends and holidays) of a county department becoming aware of an egregious incident of abuse and/or neglect, or near fatality or fatality of any child, which is suspicious for abuse and/or neglect, the county department shall call or email the following known information to the state department, which shall also be documented on the state prescribed form:

  1. Name and age of victim
  2. The referral identification number generated by the state automated case management system
  3. Known circumstances around the egregious incident of abuse and/or neglect, near fatality or fatality
  4. A description of physical injuries or medical condition of the child(ren) at the time of receipt of the information
  5. The names and ages of surviving or non-injured child(ren) who may be at risk
  6. A brief description of family/caregiver’s prior involvement with child welfare, if any
  7. The actions taken by the county department to date and future actions to be taken
  8. The involvement of other professionals in the case
  9. Whether the child was in out-of-home placement at the time of the incident
  10. For fatal incidents, the county shall enter the child’s date of death in the state automated case management system.

In order to streamline the notification process, CDHS's Division of Administrative Review has created one (1) email address and one (1) phone number that county staff shall use for purposes of notifying the state department when the county becomes aware of an egregious incident of abuse and/or neglect, or near fatality or fatality of a child, which is suspicious for abuse and/or neglect: 

303.866.7904 |

It is important to note that for purposes of satisfying the county department’s timely obligation to notify CDHS of an incident that is suspicious for an egregious abuse and/or neglect, or near fatality or fatality of a child, an initial email or phone call is sufficient. The county shall complete and submit the state prescribed form when they have secured the information requested on the form. Download the state prescribed incident reporting form here.

For more information on Child Fatality Reviews, including: 

  • Defining Egregious Incidents of Child Maltreatment
  • Public Notifications
  • Colorado Child Maltreatment Fatality Review Annual Reports

Visit the Child Fatality Reviews page.