ministries + services

Child and Youth Protection

mission statement

The Office of Child and Youth Protection supports the Bishop’s commitment to create a safe environment throughout our parishes and schools so that children and youth are free to worship and learn without the threat of harm through the implementation of safeguards which protect the most vulnerable and aids in healing those who have been harmed in the past.

 

VOS ESTIS LUX MUNDI

In May 2019, the Holy Father established new universal law for the global Church to protect children and vulnerable people from the evils of clergy sexual abuse, while holding all members of the clergy accountable regardless if they are the direct abuser or involved in the coverup of such crimes.

Visit this USCCB webpage to learn more about Vos Estis Lux Mundi.


INDEPENDENT COMPENSATION PROGRAM (ICP)

The Diocese of Orange along with five other California Dioceses, (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Fresno, Sacramento) participated in an independent, third-party, program to compensate victims of child abuse by priests. The program offered an alternative to abuse survivors who did not want to purse their claims in court. Recently, a news release and report were issued by the third-party oversight board upon the close of the program which was launched in September of 2019.

Under the program, the Diocese of Orange paid out $1.7 million to 12 victims.

Download the press release.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Office of Child and Youth Protection is dedicated to upholding the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by supporting parishes and schools of the Diocese of Orange with all safe environment efforts, including fingerprinting services, background screening, safe environment training for adults and children and development and implementation of related policies.


WHO WE SERVE

  • Parishes
  • Schools

WHAT WE PROVIDE

  • Safe Environment training for all adults who work or volunteer with children and youth including clergy, as well as Safe Environment training for children
  • Background screening and fingerprinting services for all priests, deacons, educators and all other adults working with children and youth in parishes and schools
  • Training and support for parish and school sites in maintaining accurate records of fingerprinting and background screening and safe environment training
  • Training and support for parish and school on-site Safe Environment trainers

REPORTING ABUSE

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse by clergy or a church representative please call the Diocesan Toll Free Reporting Line, 1-800-364-3064 as well as your local law enforcement.

PARA REPORTAR ABUSOS

Si usted ha sido víctima de abuso sexual por parte del clero o de un representante de la Iglesia, llame a la línea gratuita para denuncias de la Diócesis, 1-800-364-3064 así como a las autoridades de policía locales.

BÁO CÁO LẠM DỤNG TÌNH DỤC

Nếu bạn là nạn nhân bị lạm dụng tình dục bởi một linh mục/ tu sĩ hay một thành viên trong Giáo Hội gây ra, xin hãy gọi và báo cáo cho Giáo phận ở số điện thoại miễn phí sau đây: 1-800-364-3064, và đồng thời báo cáo cho nhà chức trách địa phương.


LEADERSHIP

Norma Aguero, Director

714-282-3069

naguero@rcbo.org

Esther Ramirez, Custodian of Records/Program Assistant

714-282-3069

eramirez@rcbo.org