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About These Reports

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 : All Regions

Links Date Released Regional Office County
NY-17-068 Word | NY-17-068 PDF - Dec 29, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
BU-17-020 Word | BU-17-020 PDF - Dec 28, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Orleans County
BU-17-016 Word | BU-17-016 PDF - Dec 28, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Chautauqua County
NY-17-077 Word | NY-17-077 PDF - Dec 28, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
SY-17-029 Word | SY-17-029 PDF - Dec 27, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
RO-17-027 Word | RO-17-027 PDF - Dec 26, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
BU-17-017 Word | BU-17-017 PDF - Dec 26, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Chautauqua County
NY-17-074 Word | NY-17-074 PDF - Dec 22, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-066 Word | NY-17-066 PDF - Dec 22, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-064 Word | NY-17-064 PDF - Dec 22, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SV-17-023 Word | SV-17-023 PDF - Dec 21, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SV-17-037 Word | SV-17-037 PDF - Dec 20, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-17-044 Word | SY-17-044 PDF - Dec 20, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
NY-17-067 Word | NY-17-067 PDF - Dec 20, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-065 Word | NY-17-065 PDF - Dec 20, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-063 Word | NY-17-063 PDF - Dec 19, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-070 Word | NY-17-070 PDF - Dec 19, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-069 Word | NY-17-069 PDF - Dec 19, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-060 Word | NY-17-060 PDF - Dec 18, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-059 Word | NY-17-059 PDF - Dec 18, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
AL-17-022 Word | AL-17-022 PDF - Dec 18, 2017 Albany Regional Office Albany County
SV-17-034 Word | SV-17-034 PDF - Dec 13, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
SY-17-046 Word | SY-17-046 PDF - Dec 13, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SY-17-050 Word | SY-17-050 PDF - Dec 13, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
NY-17-062 Word | NY-17-062 PDF - Dec 11, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SY-17-033 Word | SY-17-033 PDF - Dec 11, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
RO-17-030 Word | RO-17-030 PDF - Dec 11, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SV-17-022 Word | SV-17-022 PDF - Dec 11, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-17-032 Word | SY-17-032 PDF - Dec 11, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Oswego County
NY-17-056 Word | NY-17-056 PDF - Dec 7, 2017 NYC Regional Office Office of Special Investigations
SY-17-027 Word | SY-17-027 PDF - Dec 7, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Tompkins County
SY-17-026 Word | SY-17-026 PDF - Dec 5, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
RO-17-022 Word | RO-17-022 PDF - Dec 4, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Steuben County
SV-17-024 Word | SV-17-024 PDF - Dec 4, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
NY-17-054 Word | NY-17-054 PDF - Dec 1, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
BU-17-015 Word | BU-17-015 PDF - Nov 30, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-17-024 Word | SY-17-024 PDF - Nov 30, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Oswego County
SV-17-020 Word | SV-17-020 PDF - Nov 29, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Sullivan County
NY-17-058 Word | NY-17-058 PDF - Nov 28, 2017 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-053 Word | NY-17-053 PDF - Nov 28, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-047 Word | NY-17-047 PDF - Nov 28, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-057 Word | NY-17-057 PDF - Nov 27, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SV-17-015 Word | SV-17-015 PDF - Nov 27, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-17-025 Word | SV-17-025 PDF - Nov 27, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
AL-17-019 Word | AL-17-019 PDF - Nov 27, 2017 Albany Regional Office Albany County
SV-17-029 Word | SV-17-029 PDF - Nov 27, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
RO-17-023 Word | RO-17-023 PDF - Nov 22, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-17-019 Word | RO-17-019 PDF - Nov 22, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SV-17-035 Word | SV-17-035 PDF - Nov 21, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County