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 Protecting Our Children


Make a report: If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Victims Assistance Ministry at (800) 355-2545 or seek help through one of many agencies.  Click for more info.

Programs, Support & Information
  • Safeguard the Children: 

    Provides ongoing support, education, training and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children's safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities. (Includes VIRTUS Training)  Learn More.

  • Victims Assistance Ministry:
    Provides victims/survivors of sexual abuse assistance with reporting sexual misconduct, and helps obtain support for the needs of the individual and families. Learn More.

  • Fingerprinting & V.P.I.N:
    All clergy, paid parish/school personnel and volunteers who work regularly in a supervisory role with children or youth must be fingerprinted.  Information on fingerprinting schedule and locations is published monthly. Learn More.

  • Megan's Law and the Archdiocese's "Zero Tolerance Policy":
    The State of California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have adopted rules and policies concerning persons who are registered sex offenders in an effort to enhance the safety of all children and youth.  Learn More.
  • Reports, Audit Summaries and Statements
    Includes the 2004 Report to the People of God, USCCB Audit Summaries, and the 2013 release of files of clergy.

"Did you Know" Articles:   Are also emailed to Parishes via the ACES accounts.
Did You Know?
Published 5/30/2016
Praise is just as important as providing food and shelter for a child. Praise is an important aspect of raising a confident child. When you praise a child, not only do you raise their self-esteem and self-concept but you increase their overall self-worth. One thing you can do is focus on the child and describe what you see. For example, you can say: “You are so patient. That means a lot to your little brother.” For more tips on praising children please email or call (213) 637-7227.
Elevación de la autoestima a través de elogios Los elogios son tan importantes para un niño, así como lo es la comida y el albergue. El elogio es un aspecto importante para criar a un niño seguro de sí mismo. Cuando se elogia a un niño, no sólo se eleva su autoestima y autoconcepto, sino que se aumenta su autovaloración en general. Una cosa que se puede hacer es enfocarse en el niño y describir lo que ve. Por ejemplo, usted puede decir, “Tú eres tan paciente. Eso significa mucho para tu hermanito”. Para más consejos sobre elogios a los niños, por favor enviar un correo electrónico a o llame al (213) 637-7227.
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