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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:
  • Go to: https://www.preventandprotectstl.org/ to register for Protection God's Children Workshop, Code of Ethical Conduct and Background Screening. ALL ARE REQUIRED! 
  • Background checks continue automatically while you are an active volunteer or employee
FOR YOUTH UNDER 18 WHO WISH TO VOLUNTEER AT ST. FERDINAND PARISH:
  • Read the Code of Ethical Conduct for Minors form, print, fill out and sign page 2.  Parents or guardians must also sign this form and attest that the young person has nothing in his or her history that would prevent them from working with or near minors. Form is also available at the Rectory.
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: 

Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division 

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline

1-800-392-3738.  


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

Sandra Price, Executive Director

Office of Child and Youth Protection 

314-792-7271

sandraprice@archstl.org


To report CURRENT abuse of a vulnerable adult, your first call is to: 

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services 

Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline

1-800-392-0210.


To report the PAST abuse of an adult survivor who was victimized as a child, please call the Office of Child and Youth Protection 314-792-7271