Child Fatality Reports: Buffalo Regional Office

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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 certifies 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-23-022 Word | BU-23-022 PDF - Dec 21, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-021 Word | BU-23-021 PDF - Dec 20, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-020 Word | BU-23-020 PDF - Dec 8, 2023 Chautauqua County
BU-23-019 Word | BU-23-019 PDF - Nov 27, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-018 Word | BU-23-018 PDF - Nov 15, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-016 Word | BU-23-016 PDF - Nov 13, 2023 Monroe County
BU-23-011 Word | BU-23-011 PDF - Oct 11, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-012 Word | BU-23-012 PDF - Oct 11, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-009 Word | BU-23-009 PDF - Oct 3, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-014 Word | BU-23-014 PDF - Sep 5, 2023 Erie County
BU-23-013 Word | BU-23-013 PDF - Aug 10, 2023 Cattaraugus County
BU-23-008 Word | BU-23-008 PDF - Aug 7, 2023 Chautauqua County
BU-23-006 Word | BU-23-006 PDF - Jun 27, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-037 Word | BU-22-037 PDF - Jun 21, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-036 Word | BU-22-036 PDF - Jun 12, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-034 Word | BU-22-034 PDF - Jun 8, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-031 Word | BU-22-031 PDF - May 11, 2023 Niagara County
BU-22-030 Word | BU-22-030 PDF - May 4, 2023 Chautauqua County
BU-22-033 Word | BU-22-033 PDF - Apr 24, 2023 Niagara County
BU-22-028 Word | BU-22-028 PDF - Apr 21, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-025 Word | BU-22-025 PDF - Apr 19, 2023 Orleans County
BU-22-029 Word | BU-22-029 PDF - Apr 18, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-032 Word | BU-22-032 PDF - Apr 18, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-024 Word | BU-22-024 PDF - Apr 6, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-026 Word | BU-22-026 PDF - Apr 3, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-023 Word | BU-22-023 PDF - Mar 24, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-021 Word | BU-22-021 PDF - Mar 8, 2023 Wyoming County
BU-22-020 Word | BU-22-020 PDF - Feb 24, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-018 Word | BU-22-018 PDF - Feb 6, 2023 Cattaraugus County
BU-22-019 Word | BU-22-019 PDF - Jan 24, 2023 Erie County
BU-22-017 Word | BU-22-017 PDF - Jan 23, 2023 Niagara County
BU-22-016 Word | BU-22-016 PDF - Jan 3, 2023 Erie County