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"Children too are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward."   Psalms 127:3

THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING AT ST. FERDINAND CHURCH

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church follows the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program (Protecting God's Children).  The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our parish community.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Jane Ebersohl, our Child Safety Coordinator, at ebersohlmj@gmail.com.

All volunteers and employees who work with children and vulnerable adults at St. Ferdinand Parish must be in full compliance with the Safe Environment Program.  This includes:
FOR ALL 18 AND OLDER:
FOR YOUTH UNDER 18 WHO WISH TO VOLUNTEER AT ST. FERDINAND PARISH:
FOR THOSE WHO COMPLETED ALL PAPERWORK AT ANOTHER PARISH:
Please return all completed forms to Mary Jane Ebersohl, Child Safety Coordinator, at the Parish Office.

These requirements are mandated by the USCCB and are followed by every diocese in the country. The policies are the Church's attempt to ensure the suitability of all adults who work or volunteer around your children.


REPORTING ABUSE

To report current sexual abuse of a minor by a member of clergy, an Archdiocesan employee, or a volunteer, your first call is to the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-3738.  

After you have reported to the authorities, please call the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 314-792-7704.

 

To report the PAST abuse of an adult survivor who was victimized as a child, please call the Office of Child and Youth Protection 314-792-7704.

 

To report CURRENT abuse of a vulnerable adult, your first call is to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-0210.


Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance.