Child Death Review

What is Child Death Review (CDR)?

The CDR Program was implemented in Michigan in 1995 to conduct in-depth reviews of child deaths and identify ways to prevent them. Multidisciplinary teams of local community professionals examine the circumstances that led to the deaths of children in their jurisdictions in an attempt to understand how and why the child died. Based on their aggregated review findings, these teams recommend actions aimed at preventing other child deaths. The teams complete a standardized data reporting tool developed by the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (NCFRP) and submitted to the National Fatality Review Case Reporting System.

The goals of CDR are to influence policy and practice changes that:

  • Improve death scene investigations
  • Improve the delivery of services to families
  • Prevent future fatalities

Approximately 1,400 volunteers serve on 77 local CDR teams that cover all 83 counties in Michigan. Team discussion is confidential and not subject to FOIA or the Open Meetings Act. Each year local teams review over 500 cases. Since CDR began in Michigan, over 12,000 have been reviewed.