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Child Protection Advocacy

The Child Protection Advocacy and Opportunity team is committed to helping parishioners prevent and cope with the problems and trauma brought about by abuse. We promote opportunities for abuse prevention education, awareness activities, and compassionate outreach and advocacy for those harmed by abuse.

Contact: Kathy Weyer, 513-774-0115

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Decree on Child Protection

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Decree on Child Protection requires all employees and all adult volunteers (those over 18) who work with children to attend a Virtus training session, stay current on Virtus bulletins and have a current background check.
Virtus Protecting God's Child Training Session
All volunteers must take the Virtus training session.   To register for a training session go to You can attend a training session (generally three hours) anywhere in the Archdiocese.  You must pre-register for the Virtus session; walk-ins are not allowed.
Virtus Monthly Bulletins
Part of the Virtus program is the ongoing education component via online monthly bulletins.  The bulletins are meant to deepen the awareness formed at the Virtus training session. Effective July 1, 2014, any person who misses three or more monthly bulletins will be suspended and will need to contact Joan Cardone ( to get reinstated. 

Background Check Procedure Effective January 1, 2014
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati background check system changed January 1, 2014., a national, Catholic faith-based background check company located in the Cincinnati area, provides all background checks for the Archdiocese. The background check is done online and is accessed via your Virtus account if you already have one, or as part of the Virtus registration for new volunteers. The cost of the background check is $25 and must be paid with a credit card.  IHM parishioners can submit the receipt for reimbursement of the $25 to the parish office.
Current volunteers must have completed fingerprinting within the last five years or have the background check completed before being approved to work with children.  Volunteers whose fingerprints are less than 5 years old will be notified by Joan Cardone prior to their fingerprints expiring. 

Any questions regarding the Child Protection Decree, Virtus or Background Checks contact Joan Cardone at or 513-388-4084.