The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold a public meeting in Burlington, Vermont, on Thursday, October 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and open deliberations on Friday, October 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Location: Sheraton Burlington, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington, VT 05403

Attendance: Individuals interested in attending the meeting in person or via webinar and teleconference must register in advance (see link below). The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions or otherwise participate in the meeting, either on the phone or in person.
To attend in person or via webinar/teleconference, and receive a copy of the agenda and presentation slides by email, please register by Monday, October 20:
Meeting agenda: CECANF was established to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. The purpose of the October 23 meeting is for Commission members to gather national and state-specific information regarding child abuse and neglect fatalities. The Commission will hear from researchers and issue experts regarding child abuse and neglect fatalities among tribes; the state of the art of safety decision making in child welfare; how child safety is assessed by law enforcement and in mental health, domestic violence, and substance abuse treatment services; what is known about near fatalities; and what a public health-based child abuse and neglect fatality prevention infrastructure might look like. On October 24, the Commissioners will be discussing issues related to defining and counting child abuse and neglect fatalities and issues regarding confidentiality.

Comments: Members of the public may submit comments identified by “Notice-CECANF-2014-06,” by either of the following methods:

Submit comments via the federal eRulemaking portal by searching for “Notice-CECANF-2014-06.” Select the link “Comment Now” that corresponds with “Notice-CECANF-2014-06.” Follow the instructions provided onscreen. Please include your name, organization name (if any), and “Notice-CECANF-2014-06” on your attached document.

  • Mail: Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, c/o General Services Administration, Agency Liaison Division, 1800 F St. NW, Room 7003D, Washington DC 20006.

Please submit comments only and cite “Notice-CECANF-2014-06” in all correspondence related to this notice. All comments received will be posted without change to, including any personal or business confidential information provided.


For further information: Visit the CECANF website:

Or contact Patricia Brincefield, Communications Director, 1800 F St., NW, Room 7003D, Washington, DC 20006.
Phone: 202-818-9596