VIRTUS

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued its Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter mandates that all dioceses in the US establish safe environment programs both for vulnerable adults and children. The Archdiocese of Mimi selected the VIRTUS program to address these requirements. The aim of the VIRTUS program is to raise the consciousness of adults in how to identify and prevent child abuse. All volunteers (and staff) who work with children or the elderly are required to attend VIRTUS session and must complete a Criminal background Inquiry from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement(FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI). The Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable adults coordinates the Finger Printing program.