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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 funds 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-21-013 Word | BU-21-013 PDF - Sep 29, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-21-016 Word | SY-21-016 PDF - Sep 24, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
SV-21-013 Word | SV-21-013 PDF - Sep 23, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
AL-21-009 Word | AL-21-009 PDF - Sep 21, 2021 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
SV-21-012 Word | SV-21-012 PDF - Sep 20, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
RO-21-011 Word | RO-21-011 PDF - Sep 20, 2021 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-21-009 Word | RO-21-009 PDF - Sep 20, 2021 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SY-21-015 Word | SY-21-015 PDF - Sep 13, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
BU-21-010 Word | BU-21-010 PDF - Sep 7, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Chautauqua County
AL-21-008 Word | AL-21-008 PDF - Sep 7, 2021 Albany Regional Office Columbia County
AL-21-007 Word | AL-21-007 PDF - Sep 7, 2021 Albany Regional Office Columbia County
RO-21-007 Word | RO-21-007 PDF - Sep 3, 2021 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SY-21-014 Word | SY-21-014 PDF - Sep 3, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
SV-21-011 Word | SV-21-011 PDF - Sep 3, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
BU-21-009 Word | BU-21-009 PDF - Sep 3, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-21-008 Word | BU-21-008 PDF - Sep 3, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
AL-21-006 Word | AL-21-006 PDF - Sep 1, 2021 Albany Regional Office Fulton County
SV-21-009 Word | SV-21-009 PDF - Aug 27, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
NY-21-017 Word | NY-21-017 PDF - Aug 26, 2021 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SV-21-010 Word | SV-21-010 PDF - Aug 24, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
BU-21-006 Word | BU-21-006 PDF - Aug 20, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
BU-21-007 Word | BU-21-007 PDF - Aug 20, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-21-006 Word | RO-21-006 PDF - Aug 16, 2021 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-21-015 Word | NY-21-015 PDF - Aug 12, 2021 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-21-016 Word | NY-21-016 PDF - Aug 11, 2021 NYC Regional Office New York County
SY-21-011 Word | SY-21-011 PDF - Aug 10, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
SY-21-009 Word | SY-21-009 PDF - Aug 10, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-21-004 Word | BU-21-004 PDF - Aug 10, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-21-007 Word | SV-21-007 PDF - Aug 10, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-21-008 Word | SV-21-008 PDF - Aug 10, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SV-21-006 Word | SV-21-006 PDF - Aug 9, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-21-010 Word | SY-21-010 PDF - Aug 9, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
SY-21-008 Word | SY-21-008 PDF - Jul 27, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Cayuga County
RO-21-005 Word | RO-21-005 PDF - Jul 26, 2021 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
RO-21-004 Word | RO-21-004 PDF - Jul 26, 2021 Rochester Regional Office Ontario County
AL-21-005 Word | AL-21-005 PDF - Jul 26, 2021 Albany Regional Office Washington County
SV-21-004 Word | SV-21-004 PDF - Jul 23, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
BU-21-003 Word | BU-21-003 PDF - Jul 23, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
AL-21-004 Word | AL-21-004 PDF - Jul 19, 2021 Albany Regional Office Schoharie County
SY-21-006 Word | SY-21-006 PDF - Jul 15, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
SY-21-005 Word | SY-21-005 PDF - Jul 15, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SV-21-003 Word | SV-21-003 PDF - Jul 14, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-21-002 Word | SV-21-002 PDF - Jul 12, 2021 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
BU-21-005 Word | BU-21-005 PDF - Jul 9, 2021 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-21-003 Word | SY-21-003 PDF - Jul 8, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
RO-21-001 Word | RO-21-001 PDF - Jul 7, 2021 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
AL-21-002 Word | AL-21-002 PDF - Jul 6, 2021 Albany Regional Office Washington County
SY-21-002 Word | SY-21-002 PDF - Jul 6, 2021 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
AL-21-003 Word | AL-21-003 PDF - Jun 30, 2021 Albany Regional Office Warren County