The Virginia State Child Fatality Review Team is unique when compared with child death review processes in other states. Virginia’s Team does not review every child death every year, but instead chooses a specific type of child death on which to focus its review. Reviews typically cover child deaths from certain causes or manners of death or injury patterns. The Team is tasked with developing recommendations for prevention, education and improved child death investigation.
Membership of the multi-disciplinary team is defined in statute and includes physicians and representatives from state and local agencies who provide services to families and children or who may be involved in the investigation of child deaths. The Team also appoints special advisors whose areas of specialization provide additional insight to the Team.
The Team is chaired by the Chief Medical Examiner and includes the following persons or their designees:
One representative from each of the following is appointed by the Governor to serve for three-year terms:
In addition, special advisors are appointed to the Team based upon their area of expertise and include representatives from:
For more information, contact:
Emily Womble, MPA
Child Fatality Review Coordinator
Phone: (804) 205-3854