OCA: CFRP Description

The Child Fatality Review Panel

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The State of Connecticut has established a Child Fatality Review Panel (CFRP), which is charged with reviewing unexplained or unexpected circumstances of the death of any child under the age of 18 who has received services from a state department or agency addressing child welfare, social or human services or juvenile justice.

Although the Panel is a separate entity, its day-to-day operations are coordinated through the Office of the Child Advocate.   The Child Advocate serves as a Co-Chair of the Panel effective 3/1/2012.
 
Child Fatality Review Panel Members are:
 Office of the Chief State's Attorney:
 Anne Mahoney, Esq.                            
 Office of the Chief Medical Examiner:  James Gill, M.D.
 Department of Public Safety:
 Sgt. Seth Mancini, Esq.
 Department of Children and Families:
 Barbara Claire, J.D.
 Department of Public Health:
 Margie Hudson, R.N.
 Pediatrician:  Kirsten Bechtel, M.D (Co-Chair effective 3/1/12)
 Public Child Welfare Practioner:  Vacant
 Community Service Representative:   Vacant
 Neonatal-Perinatal Practioner:  Ted Rosenkrantz, M.D.
 Domestic Violence Representative:  Tonya Johnson
 Injury Prevention:  Russell A. Kimes, Jr., EMT
 Psychologist:  Vacant
 Child Abuse Physician:
 Michael Soltis, M.D.
 Attorney
 Alexandra Dufresne, J.D.
 Social Work Professional  Christopher Lyddy
 Law Enforcement:  Lt. Jack Reed
 
The Child Fatality Review Panel's reports of its investigations of child fatalities are public documents, and can be obtained from the Office of the Child Advocate upon request or viewed on this website using the following link: Fatality Investigations