If you or someone you know has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church, believe in the possibility for Hope, Help and Healing. Please contact:
- The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.3738
- The Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.0210
- Your local civil authorities
- Diocese of Jefferson City Victim assistance coordinator: Jacqueline Baldwin at 573.694.3199
Safe Environment Key Contacts
Office of Child and Youth Protection
Fiona Laverty, STB, JCL
573-635-9127, ext. 240
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Safe Environment Coordinator
573-635-9127, ext. 252
Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center
2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914
Safe Environment Policies
In the fall of 2020, safe environment policies were updated to strengthen how our diocese is protecting the vulnerable among us by training employees, priests, deacons, and religious, adults, youth, and volunteers in our parishes, including our schools.
Volunteer roles and responsibilities
In the Safe Environment Policies, the definition of "volunteer" is anyone who serves the mission of the Church with no expectation of being paid.
We categorize three types of volunteers:
Effective July 1, 2021, all K-8 Catholic School parents will be required to complete the requirements in 1.2. In some instances, parents may be exempt from some requirements. These instances must be approved through the Catholic Schools Office and the Office of Child and Youth Protection.
Please keep in mind that involvement in church-related activities is not defined as volunteering (e.g., participating in a quilting group, altar society meetings, or attending Mass or devotions). These forms of participation may be contributing to the mission of the church, but they are not strictly forms of volunteering.
For single-occasion volunteers, we have an easy-to-use form to help streamline your Safe Environment compliance. Please click here to fill out the Single Occasion Volunteer Form.