During this difficult and unprecedented time, our families may be facing an overwhelming amount of stress, worry, anxiety and pressure. The following resources are here to help:
Texas Youth Helpline
Provides peer counseling to youth and family members for family conflicts, abuse & neglect, delinquency and run-aways.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
For anyone affected by abuse and needing help.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - Disaster Distress Helpline. Dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling.
“I do the same and encourage each and all of us to reject panic and embrace faith to make our contribution to the common good with solidarity and love for our neighbor.”
— Bishop Michael F. Olson, Pastoral Letter 3-12-2020
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The Office of Safe Environment of the Diocese of Fort Worth manages the Safe Environment training programs in accordance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth. The training sessions for preschoolers through adults offer instruction in self-protection and the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults. Each parish and school has a dedicated Safe Environment Coordinator who assists clergy, staff and volunteers with program registration, training delivery and re-certification.
If you are a volunteer attempting to complete your Safe Environment Training and have a question, please contact your local (parish or school) Safe Environment Coordinator. To quickly find your parish or school, click here.
Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal
Learn more about the United States Catholic Church’s commitment to creating a safe environment through its Promise to Protect and Pledge to Heal. Click on the sections below to expand them and view more information.
We train everyone to prevent and report abuse.
- 2,400,627 adults trained
- 4,484,609 children trained
We provide outreach to those abused.
- 195 U.S. dioceses/eparchies have a victim assistance coordinator to obtain assistance and provide support for those abused.
We require background checks.
- 2,390,956 background checks for clerics, employees and volunteers.
We report all allegations.
- 100% of U.S. dioceses/eparchies require allegations of sexual abuse to be reported to public authorities. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures originally established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.
We work with law enforcement.
- The first obligation of the Church with regard to victims is for healing and reconciliation. Dioceses and eparchies continue to reach out to every person who has been a victim of sexual abuse as a minor by anyone in church service, whether that abuse is recent or occurred in the past.
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