308 E. Marsile St., Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Protecting God's Children Seminar

Protecting God's Children Seminar

Protecting God's Children

Virtus

 

All ADULT persons, 18 years of age and older, who wish to be approved volunteers in any program of Maternity BVM parish that in any way includes or affects children and/or young people must:

  1. Complete the necessary forms to undergo a background check.
  2. Attend the three hour workshop/seminar on "Protecting God's Children" as mandated by the Diocese of Joliet.
  3. Provide written acknowledgement that the person has read and understood the Pastoral Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors and the Standards of Behaviors of Those Working with Minors. 

All persons WHO ARE MINORS who wish to be approved volunteers in any program of Maternity BVM parish that in any way includes or affects children and/or young people and are under the age of 18 are considered to be Volunteer Leaders and must comply with the parish "Regulations:  Minors Who Are Volunteers".  These regulations include but are not limited to having the diocesan form signed by their parents and having two letters of recommendation.  Minors DO NOT have to attend the 3 hour seminar.

If you are volunteering in the following capacity, then you must complete this program.  The following are examples of volunteer work...but not limited to:

School Lunchroom Volunteers

School field trip volunteers

Schoolclassroom party volunteers

school learning center volunteers

library volunteers

Market Day volunteers

Religious education catechists/teachers aides

Youth Ministry Leaders

Youth Ministry Retreat volunteers

Kairos Adult and Youth Leaders

 

To register for a seminar, please visit the Virtus website

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"Joliet, IL (diocese)"

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For further information, please contact Teresa Culver at the Parish office at 815-933-8285 ext. 110

 

Reporting Sexual Abuse

 

Anyone with reason to believe that a child has been abused or is being abused should report their suspicions to civil authorities.  Contact:  Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at 1-800-25ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) or the local authorities.

The Diocese of Joliet Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help victims/survivors of child sexual abuse by a cleric, employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator will report to Bishop Conlon and coordinate efforts of pastoral support and outreach to assist in the healing process.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator can also assist in making a report to civil authorities.  Contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 815-263-6467.