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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
BU-17-024 Word | BU-17-024 PDF - Feb 9, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
NY-17-084 Word | NY-17-084 PDF - Feb 6, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-17-038 Word | SY-17-038 PDF - Feb 5, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Tompkins County
AL-17-026 Word | AL-17-026 PDF - Feb 1, 2018 Albany Regional Office Saratoga County
NY-17-097 Word | NY-17-097 PDF - Jan 30, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-079 Word | NY-17-079 PDF - Jan 30, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-080 Word | NY-17-080 PDF - Jan 30, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-082 Word | NY-17-082 PDF - Jan 30, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-17-036 Word | SY-17-036 PDF - Jan 29, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-17-021 Word | BU-17-021 PDF - Jan 29, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-17-039 Word | SY-17-039 PDF - Jan 25, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
SY-17-034 Word | SY-17-034 PDF - Jan 19, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Herkimer County
SV-17-045 Word | SV-17-045 PDF - Jan 19, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
NY-17-076 Word | NY-17-076 PDF - Jan 18, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
RO-17-026 Word | RO-17-026 PDF - Jan 16, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Ontario County
SV-17-028 Word | SV-17-028 PDF - Jan 16, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
SY-17-031 Word | SY-17-031 PDF - Jan 9, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SY-17-037 Word | SY-17-037 PDF - Jan 9, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Tompkins County
NY-17-072 Word | NY-17-072 PDF - Jan 8, 2018 NYC Regional Office Westchester County
NY-17-071 Word | NY-17-071 PDF - Jan 8, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-083 Word | NY-17-083 PDF - Jan 8, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-075 Word | NY-17-075 PDF - Jan 8, 2018 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
SV-17-041 Word | SV-17-041 PDF - Jan 2, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County