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Protecting God's Children


The Safe Environment Program was implemented in the Portland Diocese in June of 2002. All clergy, employees, and volunteers who work with children/youth on a regular basis must attend a Protecting God's Children training session which is a sexual abuse awareness and prevention program.

The Diocesan website contains useful material and resources including: 

  • Details about the Office of Child & Youth Protection and the Protecting God’s Children program
  • A variety of safe environment forms and applications for parishes, parents, schools, employees, and volunteers
  • The Diocesan Code of Ethics
  • A description of the Diocesan Review Board
  • How to file a sexual abuse report
  • Information about the Office of Professional Responsibility
  • Diocesan policies on counseling assistance