About SUDC

The SUDC Foundation is the only organization worldwide whose purpose is to promote awareness, advocate for research, and support those affected by SUDC. SUDC is the fifth leading category of death in children ages one to four, yet SUDC receives no public funding. The SUDC Foundation provides all services at no cost to families.  

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy. Most often, a seemingly healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up. At this time, we do not know what causes SUDC, how to predict it or how to prevent it.

The SUDC Foundation:

  • Funds and promotes research. The SUDC Foundation provides grants for and conducts research that will further our understanding of the cause(s) and ways to prevent SUDC.
  • Supports Families. The Foundation supports over 800 families in 18 countries. It provides personalized, comprehensive care from licensed clinical social workers and cultivates a community of support for bereaved families so no one grieves alone. The Foundation also helps families navigate the investigation into their child’s death by being a liaison between families and the medical examiner or coroner. It assists families in accessing research and DNA banking services which could lead to answers on what may have happened to their child.