National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

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With National Child Abuse Prevention Month In April, Diocese Maintains Commitment to Protecting Children

April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month by a presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, it has been a time for recognizing the importance of families, churches, and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

The Diocese of Saginaw offers a program entitled VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults. The program provides education for adults on how to keep children and youth safe from harm. It is offered regularly at the diocesan Center for Ministry in Saginaw. Dates and times are posted on the diocesan website and all are welcome. Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect should call the Michigan Department of Human Services toll-free hotline at 855-444-3911. In addition, anyone who suspects that any person acting with the authority of the church is neglecting or abusing a minor, or has done so in the past, may contact the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, Janet Fulgenzi, OP, PhD at 989-797-6682. Anyone who suspects that a child is in immediate danger should immediately call 911.

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