Every year in the United States, almost 37,000 children die before their 18th birthday. The death of a single child is a profound loss to a family and community, bringing unjust suffering and the pain of unfulfilled promises. Understandably, when a community is affected by a child’s death, it wants answers and a deep understanding of how and why the child died. These answers can help communities have a clearer understanding of underlying risk factors and inequities that they may not identify otherwise.

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Our Role

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention is the technical support and data center serving Child Death Review through training, resource development, and data support. Click here to learn more.



Child Death Review equips communities to improve safety and prevent future fatalities through multidisciplinary, in-depth case review. Click here to learn more about the operating principles of CDR and how it is implemented across the country.


Tools for Teams

The National Center has developed tools to support CDR teams’ work from start to finish. Click here to find planning tools, tools for investigating deaths, tools for coordinators, prevention tools, and other helpful resources.



The National Fatality Review-Case Reporting System (NFR-CRS) is the data system supporting Child Death Review teams across the country. Click here to learn more about the NFR-CRS and products using CDR data.



Fatality review teams are most successful when they’ve engaged a broad, multidisciplinary group of partners. View Common partners.


Center Resources

The National Center develops a wide range of resources to support the work of Child Death Review teams. Click here to explore our guidance documents for teams, webinars, training module series, and other helpful resources.