Child Death Review


Alabama's greatest resource is its children. The Alabama Child Death Review System (ACDRS) was created on September 11, 1997, in order to review, evaluate, and prevent cases of unexpected and unexplained child death. ACDRS's mission is to understand how and why children die in Alabama, in order to prevent other child deaths.

ACDRS, which includes both state and local child death review teams, focuses on prevention through statistical analysis, education, advocacy efforts, and local community involvement.

Teen Driving and ATV Safety

Vehicular fatalities are, by far, the single largest category of child deaths, accounting for almost half of all deaths ACDRS reviews. Many of these deaths involve teenage drivers, and teen driving safety is an issue of growing concern in Alabama. Alabama is currently the second worst state in the nation for teen driver fatalities. Teen Driving is dedicated to helping teens become better-informed and, in turn, safer drivers.

atvsafety.jpgChildren younger than 16 are twice as likely to be injured while riding an Adult ATV than a Youth ATV. The American Academy of Peditricians does not recommend ATV use for children and teens 16 or younger. By following these key safety tips, hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries related to ATVs could be prevented.

State Team Meetings

The next meeting will be Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Alabama Industrial Development Training Center in Montgomery, Alabama from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Get more information as well as past meeting minutes at State Team Meetings.

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Trainings

The Alabama Department of Public Health is providing Child Injury & Death Scene Re-Enactment and Scene Reconstruction SUIDI Training. This training will stress the techniques and benefits of scene re-enactment and scene reconstruction in child abuse and death investigations as well as provide SUIDI trainings. Attendees will learn the skills needed to provide an investigation that will lead to a more accurate determination of the cause of injury and persons responsible. The trainings will be presented by retired Major Connie Shingledecker of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

  • July 23-24 - Birmingham
  • July 26-27 - Birmingham
  • August 6-7 - Huntsville
  • August 9-10 - Auburn

View our flyer for more details. To register, read our Registration Instructions.

Class size limited to 40 participants. APOSTC, Alabama Coroners’ Association, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, and EMT/Paramedic CEUs will be available. Approved CEUs: This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for a maximum of 14.5 hours credit, including 0 hours of ethics (if applicable). There are no costs associated with the training.

For more information, call Carrea M. Dye at (334) 206-2085 or email

Page last updated: August 13, 2018