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Child Protection

In line with our Chicago Province policies on Sexual Abuse and Maintaining Ethical Ministry with Minors, the Secretariat of Education, Recruitment & Formation is pleased to present you with a variety of resources aimed at assisting you in educating and updating yourself on the topic of child protection. Through continued education and deeper awareness we can stop abuse before it happens!

Articles (*)

Assistance and Resources

Our Lady's care for broken lives
Joseph M. Hanneman
Catholic World Report

Last September, Grace Williams was finally able to open Children of the Immaculate Heart (CIH. Located in San Diego, California, the refuge is a six-bed residential treatment center for girls aged 12-17. The opening, however, was not without its legal problems with California authorities. Read...


(*) To assist you in complying with the education requirement of the Praesidium Accreditation process, you can access links to previously posted Articles at childprotectArchive.


Meaning Making
8 Values That Drive America's Newest Generations
Josh Packard

What motivates young people in their common quest to discover, create, and express significant meaning in their lives? What are the organizations and groups they choose to engage with and be a part of? How do those organizations exhibit and express those values? The values young people (ages 13-25) articulated are explored in this book. Each chapter focuses on a different value: Accountable, Inclusive, Authentic, Welcoming, Impactful, Relational, Growthful, and Meaningful. Featuring personal narrative from young people, as well as data, definitions, case studies, reflection questions, action items, and chapter summaries, Meaning Making is a dynamic exploration of the values that drive America’s newest generation. More importantly, it’s a guide for transforming the culture of your organization so you can attract and retain young people.

ISBN: 978-1-64121-090-4, 240 pages, $22.95 softcover
Acta Publications


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Reporting Child Abuse


National Child Abuse Hotline
Call: (1-800) 422-4453
All calls are confidential.



National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Call: (1-800) 843-5678   (1-800) THE LOST
24-Hour Hotline



FBI Field Office
Call: Your local FBI field office
The FBI has jurisdiction to immediately investigate any reported mysterious disappearance or kidnapping involving a child. Do not wait to report a missing child.



Virtus Online: Reporting Child Abuse
Online: Will provide state-by-state contact list of responsible agencies, websites, phone numbers, and statutes regarding child sexual abuse.


Online: Report child sexual exploitation.


Resources & Information

ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, developed by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Violence Prevention Office, teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 10.

AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs, and the network of secondary distributors, which include digital signage, hotel chains, internet service providers, apps, and other technology.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.


Helping victims of child abuse is more than just a desire, it is our lifetime commitment. We provide treatment programs like Childhelp Advocacy Centers and Childhelp Group Homes designed to help children already affected by child abuse; and prevention programs like Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe, designed to educate children and aid in abuse prevention.

Children Matter Network (CMN)

The objective of the Children Matter Network is to assist parents and caregivers in learning more about creating safe environments for children.

Committee for Children

Since 1979, Committee for Children has advocated for policies to enhance, gathered research to support, and developed educational programs to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL).


NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. The public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.

Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Our work is guided by the vision of a world free from child sexual abuse, where children can grow up happy, healthy and safe. We know that prevention is possible, and we believe that it is an adult responsibility to protect children.

ECPAT International

ECPAT is a worldwide network of organizations working to end the sexual exploitation of children. We work at all levels, supporting shelters for survivors, training and supporting law enforcement, influencing governments and conducting a wide range of research. At the heart of all our work is every child’s right to live free from sexual exploitation and abuse.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

As the nation's clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation - because every child deserves a safe childhood.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Our mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)

The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) is an unprecedented public safety resource that provides the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. NSOPW is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and state, territorial and tribal governments, working together for the safety of adults and children.


NetSmartz is NCMEC's (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.

Praesidium Inc.

Praesidium has built a comprehensive array of products and services that allows organizations to assess potential gaps in their programs and implement best practices in each of the eight operations from the Praesidium Safety Equation®.

Shared Hope International

Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We lead prevention strategies, restoration programs and justice initiatives to combat trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.

Tennyson Center for Children

Tennyson Center for Children has served Colorado’s most neglected, abused, and traumatized children since 1904. We provide a safe, stable home for kids 5-18 who are facing critical circumstances and need residential care; an accredited, therapeutic K-12 school with a 3:1 student-to-staff ratio on our campus; and in-home and community services in 15 counties across the state to provide preventive services and therapy to strengthen families with children aged 0 to adulthood.

Virtus Online

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.

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Links reviewed: October 2020


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