Protecting God’s Children Program


Name: Jean Swenson
Phone: 847-907-3428


The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People  is a comprehensive set of procedures 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.

Virtus Training
Virtus is a program that strives to promote awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse. Every catechist and volunteer working with children and teens is required to complete a three hour training session. After attending the training your Virtus account will be activated by the Office for the Protection of Children and you’ll be assigned monthly training bulletins as part of ongoing education and awareness on how to protect children. Check the Virtus website for other locations offering the training.
To register and for more information on training sessions, click on the following link: Virtus Registration

Archdiocese of Chicago Background Check 

Every catechist and volunteer working with children and teens must agree to complete an online national background check. Authorization for this national background check is requested when a person registers for a Virtus class.
A State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services CANTS (Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System) background check is also required every year for all catechists and volunteers.   Please click here for the DCFS CANTS form.  Return this form to Jean Swenson, Site Administrator at Holy Family, so that we may keep a copy on file for you – she will forward to IL – DCFS.  

Archdiocese of Chicago, Code of Conduct
The Archdiocese of Chicago has published a Code of Conduct for Church Personnel, that applies to all volunteers who work with children and teens. To read and print a copy of this document, click here. Please return signed page to Jean Swenson once completed.

Mandated Reporter Training
ONLINE training – MUST be connected to printer to print certificate of completion. click here

Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act
Information and requirements click here

Additional Resources
Children Matter Network
Archdiocese of Chicago Office
For the Protection of Children and Youth

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