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Fatalities & Near Fatalities Reported to CDSS

The data below reflects the Statement of Findings and Information (SOC 826) forms submitted to CDSS by county child welfare agencies and reconciled with other data sources by CDSS. Each row presents the number of fatalities/near fatalities that occurred during each calendar year. 

The data presented includes third party homicide fatalities. A third party homicide fatality is defined by CDSS as situations wherein a child was a victim of homicide by a perpetrator other than a parent/guardian or a person acting as a caregiver and there was no contributory abuse or neglect by a parent, guardian or caregiver.

Calendar Year Fatalities Near Fatalities Total
2008 119 92 211
2009 117 86 203
2010 132 124 256
2011 122 138 260
2012 140 131 271
2013 135 119 254
2014 127 106 233
2015 148 81 229
2016 148 94 242
2017 133 100 233
2018 148 107 255 (as of 4/08/2019)

California Child Fatality and Near Fatality Annual Reports

Annual Progress and Service Reports

  • Analysis of child fatalities and near fatalities that occurred and were submitted to CDSS January 1-December 31, 2007, pages 208-215: Federal Fiscal Year 2008

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For questions related to Child Fatalities 
and/or Near Fatalities, please contact:

California Department of Social Services 
744 P Street, MS 8-12-90 
Sacramento, CA 95814 
Phone: (916) 651-8100 
Email: CFSDCriticalIncidents@dss.ca.gov

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