Court Appointed Special Advocate OR Guardian Ad Litem
Local Child Fatality Review Team: Role of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Representative
Child Fatality Review (CFR) is a multidisciplinary process to help us better understand why children in our community die and to help us identify how we can prevent future deaths.
Local Child Fatality Review Teams will meet with varying frequency to review sudden, unexpected, and unexplained deaths, deaths investigated by DCS, and those deaths classified as undetermined, homicide, suicide, or accident, for all children under the age of eighteen. Team members will share case information on child deaths that occur in their region with the goal of preventing future deaths. In order for this team to be successful, all agencies involved in the safety, health, and protection of children must be involved.
The death of a child is a tragic event. Reviewing the circumstances involved in every death is part of our job as professionals and requires our time and commitment. Only then can we truly understand how to better protect our children and prevent future deaths from occurring.
- The CASA/GAL representative can provide the team with information on:
- Any reports to the Court concerning the deceased child
- The CASA/GAL representative can support the team by:
- Sharing expertise of the juvenile justice system
- Sharing information about available resources for the child and family
- The CASA/GAL representative can help build bridges by:
- Learning about the policies and practices of other agencies through team participation
- Acting as liaison between the CFR team and other child advocate professionals/programs in other jurisdictions
- Explaining to the team how to improve coordination among social service systems and agencies