Services for MDI Professionals

How We Help Professionals

The SUDC Foundation knows that a sudden death of a child profoundly affects the professionals involved. 

Contact us for guidance and support related to:

  • Assisting you with the care and communication of families experiencing a sudden pediatric death: SUDC staff can help you communicate with families and act as a liaison between the family and your office. We can provide bereavement support through our clinical social workers and assist with navigating the investigation while having realistic expectations. See "Refer A Family" box to the right.
  • Help For Families Brochure: To assist Medical Examiners and Coroners Offices during the investigation of all sudden pediatric deaths, we created the brochure “Help for Families When an Infant or Young Child Dies”. The brochure explains the death investigation process, the professionals involved, and bereavement services. 
  • DNA Banking Services: The SUDC Foundation advocates and supports DNA banking after the sudden death of a child. We understand that genetic testing may be indicated for some families in the future. The Foundation will provide financial and logistical support for your office to attain DNA banking for families who wish to pursue this service.
  • Information Services: Through our downloadable SUDC Medical FACT Sheet, newsletters, website and social media updates, we provide you with up to date information about sudden unexplained death in childhood. 
  • SUDC Scientific Advisory Board: A multidisciplinary board of forensic pathologists, clinicians, and researchers will continue to provide updated information to assist professionals with cases of sudden death in children. This includes, but is not limited to, guidance for classification, autopsy and death scene investigation guidelines.
  • Research: The Foundation provides up to date research publications and access to research opportunities in cases of SUDC. Often, this can provide access to additional testing, such as genetic analysis, and neuropathology/MRI to assist the professionals.
  • Advocacy in public policy and legislation: We support efforts to ensure that professionals have the resources and training to provide comprehensive and standardized investigations, as well as continued research into all sudden unexpected pediatric deaths.

Refer A Family

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Our support services are offered at no cost for families who have experienced the sudden unexpected death of a child.

Learn more about how we help families on our Family Services web page.


Want more information about SUDC? Use the button to the right to view published research related to SUDC.