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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 & SCHOOL

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church & School 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:
  • Print and fill out the St. Ferdinand Volunteer Application and return it to the rectory.
  • Attend an upcoming Protecting God's Children workshop
  • Read the Code of Ethical Conduct form, and print & sign the last page.  Also available at the Rectory.
  • If you have lived outside of Missouri within the past five years, read the AmericanChecked form, fill out and sign the second page.  This is available at the Rectory or when taking a Protecting God's Children Class.
  • Background Check: Complete the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) online. (Checks continued every even-numbered year at no cost.)
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 INFORMATION
Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance.  Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:

Sandra Price, Executive Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection
314-792-7271
sandraprice@archstl.org

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division
Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline Number:
1-800-392-3738

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-800-392-0210