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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: Buffalo Regional Office

Links Date Released County
BU-21-031 Word | BU-21-031 PDF - Feb 25, 2022 Erie County
BU-21-032 Word | BU-21-032 PDF - Feb 22, 2022 Erie County
BU-21-029 Word | BU-21-029 PDF - Feb 22, 2022 Niagara County
BU-21-027 Word | BU-21-027 PDF - Feb 14, 2022 Chautauqua County
BU-21-025 Word | BU-21-025 PDF - Jan 24, 2022 Wyoming County
BU-21-022 Word | BU-21-022 PDF - Dec 20, 2021 Chautauqua County
BU-21-019 Word | BU-21-019 PDF - Dec 14, 2021 Cattaraugus County
BU-21-020 Word | BU-21-020 PDF - Dec 14, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-024 Word | BU-21-024 PDF - Dec 13, 2021 Allegany County
BU-21-023 Word | BU-21-023 PDF - Nov 30, 2021 Niagara County
BU-21-021 Word | BU-21-021 PDF - Nov 30, 2021 Cattaraugus County
BU-21-017 Word | BU-21-017 PDF - Nov 24, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-018 Word | BU-21-018 PDF - Nov 5, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-016 Word | BU-21-016 PDF - Nov 1, 2021 Niagara County
BU-21-015 Word | BU-21-015 PDF - Oct 25, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-014 Word | BU-21-014 PDF - Oct 22, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-012 Word | BU-21-012 PDF - Oct 4, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-013 Word | BU-21-013 PDF - Sep 29, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-010 Word | BU-21-010 PDF - Sep 7, 2021 Chautauqua County
BU-21-009 Word | BU-21-009 PDF - Sep 3, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-008 Word | BU-21-008 PDF - Sep 3, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-006 Word | BU-21-006 PDF - Aug 20, 2021 Niagara County
BU-21-007 Word | BU-21-007 PDF - Aug 20, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-004 Word | BU-21-004 PDF - Aug 10, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-003 Word | BU-21-003 PDF - Jul 23, 2021 Erie County
BU-21-005 Word | BU-21-005 PDF - Jul 9, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-035 Word | BU-20-035 PDF - Jun 28, 2021 Niagara County
BU-21-001 Word | BU-21-001 PDF - Jun 28, 2021 Genesee County
BU-21-002 Word | BU-21-002 PDF - Jun 28, 2021 Niagara County
BU-20-034 Word | BU-20-034 PDF - Jun 11, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-033 Word | BU-20-033 PDF - May 18, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-032 Word | BU-20-032 PDF - May 11, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-030 Word | BU-20-030 PDF - Mar 29, 2021 Chautauqua County
BU-20-031 Word | BU-20-031 PDF - Mar 12, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-028 Word | BU-20-028 PDF - Mar 11, 2021 Orleans County
BU-20-025 Word | BU-20-025 PDF - Mar 5, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-027 Word | BU-20-027 PDF - Feb 25, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-026 Word | BU-20-026 PDF - Feb 25, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-024 Word | BU-20-024 PDF - Feb 24, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-023 Word | BU-20-023 PDF - Feb 18, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-021 Word | BU-20-021 PDF - Feb 11, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-022 Word | BU-20-022 PDF - Feb 10, 2021 Niagara County
BU-20-020 Word | BU-20-020 PDF - Feb 1, 2021 Cattaraugus County
BU-20-018 Word | BU-20-018 PDF - Jan 27, 2021 Orleans County
BU-20-017 Word | BU-20-017 PDF - Jan 14, 2021 Erie County
BU-20-014 Word | BU-20-014 PDF - Dec 16, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-013 Word | BU-20-013 PDF - Nov 23, 2020 Erie County
BU-20-010 Word | BU-20-010 PDF - Nov 18, 2020 Orleans County
BU-20-016 Word | BU-20-016 PDF - Nov 10, 2020 Erie County