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The New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board (Board) resides within the department but is independent of the department. It was established by the New Jersey Comprehensive Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CCAPTA). The Board reviews child fatalities and near fatalities to identify their causes, relationship to governmental support systems, and methods of prevention.

The Board is multi-disciplinary and membership consists of ex-officio members and six public members with expertise or experience in child abuse appointed by the Governor. Four Regional Community-Based Review Teams operate under the aegis of the Board and its composition mirrors that of the Board. The Board also functions as a citizen review panel and conducts monthly meetings that are by invitation only.