Child Fatality Task Force

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force
Health and Human Services
Governor Appointments 
Total Board Positions 
Cite Name 
N.C. Gen. Stat.
Cite Number 
§ 7B-1402; 7B-1403; 7B1412
Term Length 
2 Years
The task force conducts a statistical study of the incidences and causes of child deaths in the state and establishes a profile of child deaths; develops a system for multidisciplinary review of child deaths; and studies the operation of existing local teams. It also examines laws, rules and policies relating to confidentiality of and access to information that affects agencies with responsibilities for children, including state and local health, mental health, social services, education and law enforcement agencies, to determine if those regulations inappropriately impede the exchange of information necessary to protect children from preventable deaths. The task force has 35 members, each serving a two-year term. The governor appoints four members.

Current Members

Member Name 
Appointment Date 
Term End Date 
Term Type 
Jennifer S. Kristiansen 9/13/20171/31/2026LimitedDir. of a county dep. of Social Services (rec by Pres. of the NC Assoc. of County Directors of SS)
Sarah B. Verbiest 2/23/20051/31/2025LimitedSudden Infant Death Syndrome counseling rep. (rec by Dir of Div of Maternal & Child Health)
Tiffany Gladney 9/6/20221/31/2025LimitedRep. of NC Child recommended by President of NC Child
Wes Gray 7/1/20236/30/2025LimitedDirector of local health dept. (rec by Pres. of NC Assoc. of Local Health Directors)

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