SUDC Fact Sheet
What is SUDC? 

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of 12 months which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted. This must include; examination of the death scene, performance of a complete autopsy, and a review of the child and family's medical history. SUDC is a diagnosis of exclusion given when all known and possible causes of death have been ruled out.

Our Mission
  • To provide a centralized resource for SUDC
  • To develop peer support among families
  • To share accurate and current information with families, professionals and communities
  • To improve the public's awareness and understanding of SUDC
  • To advocate for issues relative to SUDC
  • To raise charitable donations to meet the many needs of SUDC
Advocacy
How We Help Families
The SUDC Foundation provides services that meet the needs of families affected by the sudden death of a child, including: 
  • Individualized case advocacy to assist families with navigating the death investigation process 
  • Personalized support by a Licensed Social Worker
  • Unique online email support groups
  • Peer Support Programs matching trained family volunteers and newly bereaved families
  • Private Family Directory
  • Resources to help siblings and grandparents
  • Grief support articles and resources mailed to families with emphasis on the first year after their child died
  • Family medical screening information created by the SUDC Medical Advisory Board
  • Planning support for those wishing to host an event
  • Memorial and event planning websites at no cost
  • SUDC newsletters and e-news to keep families informed
  • SUDC research opportunities
How We Help Professionals
The SUDC Foundation provides advocacy, information, research and support services to professionals affected by SUDC including:
  • Website
  • The ability to refer a family online
  • The ability to request SUDC literature
  • Access to published research
  • Awareness of active SUDC research
  • Autopsy and scene investigation guidelines
  • Guidance for classification of SUDC by our Medical Advisory Board
  • Attendance and presentations at conferences to educate professionals on SUDC and provide any resources available
  • Providing individualized support by acting as a family liaison for the MDI office to assist in their comprehensive investigations
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