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Child deaths in New York State that allegedly resulted from abuse or maltreatment are reported to the Statewide Central Register (SCR) of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and investigated by the local department of social services (LDSS). By law, certain reports are investigated in coordination with law enforcement.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is required by statute to conduct a review of each fatality investigation and issue a summary report within six months of the local investigation. OCFS reviews a family’s history three years before the fatality, including ongoing and prior and current child protective investigations and services a child or family may been receiving prior to the fatality. If OCFS determines that there were lapses in adhering to state regulation or policy, OCFS issues findings and monitors the implementation of the corrective action plan required of the LDSS. OCFS also reviews and issues fatality reports for children who die while in foster care, or while they are receiving preventive services, regardless of abuse or neglect allegations.

OCFS posts fatality reports (names and identifying information is withheld on all reports) when it is determined that disclosure would not harm the child’s surviving siblings or other children in the household. The OCFS Commissioner considers whether publishing a fatality report is contrary to the best interests of a child’s siblings or other children in the household, what effects publication may have on the privacy of children and family, and any potentially detrimental effects publication may have on reuniting and providing services to a family. This process is referred to as a “best interest determination” and is conducted by OCFS and, in certain instances, with the assistance of experts serving on the OCFS Statewide Child Fatality Review Team. This team is comprised of state and local professionals working together to research the causes of preventable child deaths and develops strategies to prevent them. OCFS also funds 18 regional and local child fatality review teams.

The reports posted here are not the actual investigations conducted by the local departments of social services; they are OCFS’s review of the actual investigation and meet the standards for public release.

See the OCFS Prevention and Child Safety pages for information on keeping children safe.

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Child Fatality Reports: Buffalo Regional Office

Links Date Released County
BU-20-014 Word | BU-20-014 PDF - Dec 16, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-013 Word | BU-20-013 PDF - Nov 23, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-010 Word | BU-20-010 PDF - Nov 18, 2020 Orleans County
BU-20-016 Word | BU-20-016 PDF - Nov 10, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-011 Word | BU-20-011 PDF - Oct 19, 2020 Niagara County
BU-20-008 Word | BU-20-008 PDF - Aug 28, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-004 Word | BU-20-004 PDF - Jul 10, 2020 Chautauqua County
BU-20-001 Word | BU-20-001 PDF - Jun 18, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-003 Word | BU-20-003 PDF - Jun 15, 2020 Niagara County
BU-20-002 Word | BU-20-002 PDF - Jun 10, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-047 Word | BU-19-047 PDF - Jun 3, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-043 Word | BU-19-043 PDF - May 11, 2020 Allegany County
BU-19-048 Word | BU-19-048 PDF - May 6, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-041 Word | BU-19-041 PDF - Apr 24, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-006 Word | BU-20-006 PDF - Apr 24, 2020 Chautauqua County
BU-19-045 Word | BU-19-045 PDF - Apr 16, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-038 Word | BU-19-038 PDF - Mar 27, 2020 Cattaraugus County
BU-19-036 Word | BU-19-036 PDF - Mar 12, 2020 Allegany County
BU-19-033 Word | BU-19-033 PDF - Feb 27, 2020 Chautauqua County
BU-19-044 Word | BU-19-044 PDF - Feb 26, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-035 Word | BU-19-035 PDF - Feb 26, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-034 Word | BU-19-034 PDF - Feb 26, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-032 Word | BU-19-032 PDF - Feb 26, 2020 Niagara County
BU-19-040 Word | BU-19-040 PDF - Feb 26, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-039 Word | BU-19-039 PDF - Feb 21, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-031 Word | BU-19-031 PDF - Jan 28, 2020 Genesee County
BU-19-046 Word | BU-19-046 PDF - Jan 23, 2020 Chautauqua County
BU-19-027 Word | BU-19-027 PDF - Jan 16, 2020 Erie County
BU-19-029 Word | BU-19-029 PDF - Jan 14, 2020 Niagara County
BU-19-030 Word | BU-19-030 PDF - Jan 7, 2020 Genesee County