The Virginia Congenital Anomalies Reporting and Education System (VaCARES) is a registry of children under age two with birth defects.
The mission of VaCARES is to:
The development of VaCARES was mandated in 1985 and amended in 1986 and 2006 in the Code of Virginia, § 32.1-69.1 ( Search Code of Virginia). According to this mandate, hospitals are required to report cases of birth defects to VaCARES. The relevant information can be reported and reviewed without the prior written consent of the patient or family. The mandate also allows for review and evaluation of the system and activities.
VaCARES is managed by the Division of Child and Adolescent Health with consultation provided by the Division of Women's and Infants' Health.
For Families of Infants and Toddlers with Special Health Care Needs
En Español -- Disponibles para las familias de los bebés y niños pequeños con ciertos problemas de salud
VaCARES Fact Sheets
National Birth Defects Network 2009 Annual Report
Virginia Congenital Anomalies Reporting and Education System: Birth Defect Surveillance Data 1989-1998.