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Child Protection - VIRTUS

The Arlington Diocese Office of Child Protection and Safety requires that all volunteers, 18 years of age or over, who volunteer in activities with children under the age of 18 must complete the requirements of the Child Protection Program.

If you plan to volunteer at our school or church in any capacity that involves direct contact with the children, you must be fully compliant with the requirements of the Child Protection Program that includes attending a 4-hour VIRTUS training session AND submitting the required electronic forms for background checks. The Diocese requires that all background checks, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months to conduct, must be cleared before one may volunteer with children.

Please plan ahead as you will not be permitted to volunteer at the school if you have not completed all required elements and received a letter from the Parish-School Liaison indicating you are fully compliant.

When the background checks are cleared and Virtus training completed, volunteers will receive a letter from the Parish-School Liaison indicating that they are in full compliance with the Diocesan program requirements.

QUESTIONS

For questions about The Child Protection Program, please contact Carmen Federle, Parish-School Liaison at 703-836-4100, or by email at cfederle@stmaryoldtown.org.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."(Psalm 127:3)