State Child Fatality Review Team Committee

The Texas Family Code 264.501 created the State Child Fatality Review Team (SCFRT) Committee. The SCFRT must produce a biennial report that is available to the public. The report includes information about child death incidences and causes and provides recommendations to the Texas governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

SCFRT members must attend meetings and may need to take part in subcommittee activities. Committee meetings take place at least four times annually or at the call of the committee chair. Members must travel to Austin for in-person meetings unless the SCFRT Committee meets virtually or offers a hybrid (in-person and virtual) option. SCFRT members may receive reimbursement for travel to and from in-person meetings if funds are available.

Next Public Meeting

Date: Friday, August 12, 2022

Time: 10 AM (CST)

Location: TBD. DSHS will provide more information once the agenda and meeting logistics are finalized.

Past Meetings


Membership Opportunity

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is currently accepting applications for the SCFRT committee membership for the follow position:

           A Child Abuse Prevention Specialist. Application form.

The SCFRT committee permanent members will appoint members to the SCFRT committee to serve a three-year term. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on July 8, 2022.

The SCFRT Committee tries to choose committee members that represent the diversity of all Texans. For that reason, the committee considers applicants' ethnicity, gender, and geographic location. 

Past Meetings

Click on the links below to view webcast recordings, agendas, and handouts for past meetings.

All recorded webcasts

 Nov. 18, 2022  TBD    
 Aug. 12, 2022  TBD    
 May 20, 2022  Agenda SCFRT 5-20-2022    
 Feb. 18, 2022 Agenda SCFRT 2-18-2022  SCFRT minutes  Webcast Recording 
 Nov. 8, 2021 Agenda SCFRT 11-8-2021  SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 Aug. 20, 2021 Agenda SCFRT 8-20-2021 SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 May 21, 2021 Agenda SCFRT 5-21-2021  SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 Feb. 19, 2021 Canceled due to inclement weather    
Nov. 6, 2020 Agenda SCFRT 11-6-2020  SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
Aug. 21, 2020 Agenda SCFRT 8-21-2020  SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 May 22, 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions
 Feb. 28, 2020 Agenda SCFRT 2-28-2020  SCFRT minutes  Webcast Recording

Learn More About the Committee and Activities

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(512) 776-7373

Reports, Protocols, and Guidelines

Last updated June 10, 2022