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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 : All Regions

Links Date Released Regional Office County
NY-18-026 Word | NY-18-026 PDF - Sep 10, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
RO-18-014 Word | RO-18-014 PDF - Sep 5, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Ontario County
NY-18-025 Word | NY-18-025 PDF - Sep 5, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-18-017 Word | SY-18-017 PDF - Sep 4, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Cortland County
RO-18-006 Word | RO-18-006 PDF - Aug 30, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
RO-18-005 Word | RO-18-005 PDF - Aug 30, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
RO-18-009 Word | RO-18-009 PDF - Aug 30, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SV-18-015 Word | SV-18-015 PDF - Aug 30, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SY-18-008 Word | SY-18-008 PDF - Aug 29, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
SY-18-014 Word | SY-18-014 PDF - Aug 29, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
SY-18-018 Word | SY-18-018 PDF - Aug 29, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
NY-18-021 Word | NY-18-021 PDF - Aug 28, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-18-020 Word | NY-18-020 PDF - Aug 24, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-019 Word | NY-18-019 PDF - Aug 24, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
RO-18-012 Word | RO-18-012 PDF - Aug 23, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SV-18-014 Word | SV-18-014 PDF - Aug 22, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-18-018 Word | SV-18-018 PDF - Aug 21, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
BU-18-014 Word | BU-18-014 PDF - Aug 21, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
AL-18-002 Word | AL-18-002 PDF - Aug 21, 2018 Albany Regional Office Washington County
RO-18-007 Word | RO-18-007 PDF - Aug 21, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
NY-18-037 Word | NY-18-037 PDF - Aug 16, 2018 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-18-043 Word | NY-18-043 PDF - Aug 16, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SV-18-020 Word | SV-18-020 PDF - Aug 16, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
BU-18-009 Word | BU-18-009 PDF - Aug 14, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
SV-18-016 Word | SV-18-016 PDF - Aug 10, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-18-019 Word | SV-18-019 PDF - Aug 10, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
NY-18-014 Word | NY-18-014 PDF - Aug 8, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-18-006 Word | SY-18-006 PDF - Aug 7, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
SV-18-022 Word | SV-18-022 PDF - Aug 7, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
NY-18-017 Word | NY-18-017 PDF - Aug 3, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-18-013 Word | NY-18-013 PDF - Aug 3, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-18-005 Word | SY-18-005 PDF - Aug 2, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Cayuga County
NY-18-035 Word | NY-18-035 PDF - Aug 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SV-18-011 Word | SV-18-011 PDF - Aug 1, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
SY-18-009 Word | SY-18-009 PDF - Aug 1, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
NY-18-018 Word | NY-18-018 PDF - Aug 1, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
BU-18-006 Word | BU-18-006 PDF - Aug 1, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
NY-18-016 Word | NY-18-016 PDF - Jul 31, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-18-012 Word | NY-18-012 PDF - Jul 31, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
BU-18-004 Word | BU-18-004 PDF - Jul 31, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
NY-18-015 Word | NY-18-015 PDF - Jul 30, 2018 NYC Regional Office Office of Special Investigations
NY-18-010 Word | NY-18-010 PDF - Jul 30, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-18-039 Word | NY-18-039 PDF - Jul 23, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SV-18-007 Word | SV-18-007 PDF - Jul 20, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SY-18-011 Word | SY-18-011 PDF - Jul 20, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Oswego County
BU-18-008 Word | BU-18-008 PDF - Jul 18, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
NY-18-011 Word | NY-18-011 PDF - Jul 16, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-18-004 Word | SY-18-004 PDF - Jul 12, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
NY-18-007 Word | NY-18-007 PDF - Jul 12, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-18-009 Word | NY-18-009 PDF - Jul 11, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County