Child and Youth Protection

If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church ...

Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States now has a Victim Assistance Coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative if you desire.

The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Lansing is:

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW

coordinador o coordinadora de asistencia a las víctimas Si has sido víctima de abuso por alguien que representa la Iglesia Católica…

Por favor, cree en la posibilidad de esperanza, y de ayuda y sanación. Te exhortamos a presentarte y declarar. Cada (arqui)diócesis/eparquía en Estados Unidos tiene ahora un coordinador o coordinadora de asistencia a las víctimas a quien puedes acudir para que te apoye en tus necesidades, te ayude a hacer una denuncia formal de abuso ante la (arqui)diócesis/eparquía, y a solicitar una reunión personal con el obispo o su representante, si así lo deseas. El coordinador o coordinadora de asistencia a las víctimas en tu (arqui)diócesis/eparquía es:

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW

Protecting God's Children

Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS) Reporting Form

Reporting Abuse and Neglect

Resources & Information

Charter Audit 2016-2017

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (English)

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Spanish)

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Vietnamese)

Pre-Registration for Live Session of Protecting God’s Children

Online Training for Protecting God's Children (Virtus)

Virtus Certificate of Training

Virtus Retraining Sign-In Form

Praesidium Opt-out Form (send all pages to parents/guardians prior to training session

Praesidium Opt-out Form (Spanish)

Safe Sheep Opt-out Form (Spanish)

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Clergy, Employees, and Volunteers

Codigo De Conducta Para Cleros, Empleados, Y Voluntarios

Code of Conduct - Vietnamese

Guidelines for Overnight Trips with Youth and Teens

Internet Safety

Notice of Rights & Obligations of the Accused

Sexual Abuse Awareness & Compliance

Victim Assistance Coordinator

Michigan Child Project Registry

Criminal Background Information

Criminal Background Checks

Listed Offenses