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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-18-045 Word | NY-18-045 PDF - Nov 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-048 Word | NY-18-048 PDF - Nov 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SV-18-029 Word | SV-18-029 PDF - Nov 1, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Sullivan County
AL-18-013 Word | AL-18-013 PDF - Oct 31, 2018 Albany Regional Office Washington County
SV-18-043 Word | SV-18-043 PDF - Oct 31, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
SY-18-026 Word | SY-18-026 PDF - Oct 26, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Tompkins County
SY-18-025 Word | SY-18-025 PDF - Oct 26, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Tompkins County
SY-18-024 Word | SY-18-024 PDF - Oct 26, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Tompkins County
NY-18-042 Word | NY-18-042 PDF - Oct 26, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
RO-18-015 Word | RO-18-015 PDF - Oct 26, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
AL-18-004 Word | AL-18-004 PDF - Oct 24, 2018 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
NY-18-046 Word | NY-18-046 PDF - Oct 23, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-18-061 Word | NY-18-061 PDF - Oct 22, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-18-019 Word | SY-18-019 PDF - Oct 22, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SV-18-024 Word | SV-18-024 PDF - Oct 19, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
BU-18-011 Word | BU-18-011 PDF - Oct 19, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Chautauqua County
RO-18-016 Word | RO-18-016 PDF - Oct 19, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Seneca County
NY-18-057 Word | NY-18-057 PDF - Oct 17, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SV-18-030 Word | SV-18-030 PDF - Oct 17, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SY-18-020 Word | SY-18-020 PDF - Oct 17, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Tioga County
SV-18-036 Word | SV-18-036 PDF - Oct 17, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-18-035 Word | SV-18-035 PDF - Oct 17, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-18-031 Word | SV-18-031 PDF - Oct 17, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
NY-18-040 Word | NY-18-040 PDF - Oct 16, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-041 Word | NY-18-041 PDF - Oct 15, 2018 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
RO-18-019 Word | RO-18-019 PDF - Oct 11, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SV-18-034 Word | SV-18-034 PDF - Oct 9, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SY-18-016 Word | SY-18-016 PDF - Oct 9, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
NY-18-038 Word | NY-18-038 PDF - Oct 5, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SY-18-021 Word | SY-18-021 PDF - Oct 4, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-18-013 Word | BU-18-013 PDF - Oct 3, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
NY-18-033 Word | NY-18-033 PDF - Oct 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
RO-18-021 Word | RO-18-021 PDF - Oct 2, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-18-034 Word | NY-18-034 PDF - Oct 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-18-031 Word | NY-18-031 PDF - Oct 1, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-030 Word | NY-18-030 PDF - Sep 28, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-044 Word | NY-18-044 PDF - Sep 27, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
BU-18-010 Word | BU-18-010 PDF - Sep 27, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
AL-18-003 Word | AL-18-003 PDF - Sep 26, 2018 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
NY-18-032 Word | NY-18-032 PDF - Sep 25, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-18-036 Word | NY-18-036 PDF - Sep 25, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-028 Word | NY-18-028 PDF - Sep 25, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
SV-18-021 Word | SV-18-021 PDF - Sep 25, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
NY-18-027 Word | NY-18-027 PDF - Sep 25, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
SY-18-013 Word | SY-18-013 PDF - Sep 25, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SV-18-026 Word | SV-18-026 PDF - Sep 19, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Sullivan County
BU-18-012 Word | BU-18-012 PDF - Sep 18, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-18-027 Word | SV-18-027 PDF - Sep 18, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
NY-18-024 Word | NY-18-024 PDF - Sep 10, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-023 Word | NY-18-023 PDF - Sep 10, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County