Protecting God’s Children

Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible–especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The VIRTUS® programs assist the Church in being a safe haven for children and a messenger for preventing child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general. We seek to achieve this lofty goal through our child sexual abuse prevention program: Protecting God’s Children®.

Step 1

Click here to download the Volunteer Code of Conduct.

Step 2

Requires you to complete a DCFS Authorization for background check form. This form is now  incorporated in the Archdiocese of Chicago background check which is Step 3.  Please complete this form, print and return to the St. Francis Xavier Parish, School or Religious Education office, depending on where you will be volunteering. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE FORM TO D.C.F.S.

Note: Do not use this form if you are an applicant for licensure or an employee/volunteer of a licensed child care facility. Please contact your licensing representative.

Step 3

Please click here to visit the Archdiocese of Chicago background check site.
The background check instructions can be downloaded here: background_check_instructions.

Step 4

Click here: virtus_instructions for the Virtus Instructions.