For Medical Professionals

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

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This free, 5-part webinar series provides a historical review of sudden pediatric deaths over time and outlines a comprehensive investigation while highlighting the need for collaboration among the multiple agencies involved in sudden pediatric death investigations and care of families. The specific roles of pathologists, medical examiners/coroners, death investigators, first responders, law enforcement, emergency department professionals as well as the roles of the pediatrician and primary care physicians in the follow-up care of families will be addressed.

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Procedural guidance and key considerations developed by the National Association of Medical Examiners Panel on Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics.

The SUDC Foundation strives to provide the support and resources necessary for those who have lost a child to sudden unexpected death. We can provide bereavement support through our clinical social worker and assist families with navigating the investigation while maintaining realistic expectations. To utilize our services, please contact us using this form and a staff member will follow up promptly.

The SUDC Foundation can provide guidance for you in navigating your care of the family after the sudden death of a child. Click here to learn more.

The SUDC Foundation has a wealth of resources available at, including downloadable fact sheets, newsletters, registration for our monthly e-news and easy access to social media platforms that provide current and accurate information on Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.

The SUDC Foundation’s Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board provide crucial guidance to fulfill our strategic initiatives and support comprehensive and standardized investigations.

The SUDC Foundation advocates for research in many ways. Through funding, producing, endorsing, and participating in research, we are committed to a future free of SUDC. The Foundation also connects professionals and families with research opportunities which can often provide access to additional testing, such as genetic analysis, and neuropathology/MRI to further understand such tragedies.

The SUDC Foundation supports efforts to ensure the fair and compassionate treatment of families, that professionals have the resources and training to provide comprehensive and standardized investigations, and the support of research into all sudden unexpected pediatric deaths.

To assist medical examiners, coroners’ offices, and hospitals during the investigation of all sudden pediatric deaths, the SUDC Foundation created our brochure “Help for Families When an Infant or Young Child Dies.” The brochure explains the death investigation process, the professionals involved, and bereavement services available in your local area as well as nationally. This free, personalized brochure can be created and printed for any medical examiner or coroner office. Learn more and order yours today.

The SUDC Foundation advocates for and supports DNA banking after the sudden death of a child to support genetic testing if recommended in the future. The Foundation can provide financial and logistical support to your office to attain DNA banking for families who wish to pursue it.

A library of The SUDC Foundation’s educational videos and webinars.

A collection of non-research medical publications providing information on SUDC and recommendations for professionals. As a part of our Medical Education Initiatives, we are committed to increasing awareness of SUDC to the medical professionals at the forefront of care for SUDC families, the professionals who investigate such deaths and the researchers who help us increase our understanding of them.

Our efforts to raise awareness wouldn't be possible without the inspiration and enthusiasm of the SUDC community.

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