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Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities in Washington State: A Report on Data and Review

The Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds – 2018

The Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds (OFCO) was established to ensure that government agencies respond appropriately to children in need of state protection, children residing in state care, and children and families under state supervision due to allegations or findings of child abuse or neglect. As part of its oversight of the state child welfare system, OFCO examines child fatalities, near fatalities and cases of recurrent child maltreatment. OFCO also participates in executive child fatality and near fatality reviews and reports on the implementation status of recommendations produced from these executive reviews. Through this process, OFCO identifies issues related to these critical incidents, and facilitates systemic improvements.