Keeping Our Youth Safe!

St. Genevieve Church and The Diocese of Lafayette are committed to insuring a safe environment for all children against sexual abuse.

All clergy, lay employees, and volunteers, whose work/ministry involves contact with children, shall undergo a criminal background check. Also, there shall be documentation of reference checks for all new employees
and ALL volunteers.

All clergy, lay employees, and volunteers, whose work/ministry involves contact with children, shall undergo initial education/training in the diocesan safe environment program. In addition, each calendar year, they
will be required to attend a continuing education in-service on child abuse-related issues.

All children enrolled in a diocesan religious education program whether through the church parish or a catholic school, shall participate in an age-appropriate, grade-level safe environment awareness program as part of the curriculum.

 family 560The Diocese of Lafayette Office of Safe Environment oversees the implementation of the diocesan program, “A Safe Environment for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The Office provides education resources for children, clergy, religious, and laity (employees and volunteers) in the prevention of and recognition of child abuse. This Office is also responsible for processing criminal history checks on all clergy, religious, and laity who have contact with minors.


You must follow all applicable civil laws for reporting instances of suspected child abuse.

  • Your report is a request for an investigation, not an accusation.
  • You should report EACH incident of suspected abuse
  • As diocesan priest/employee/volunteer, you should report to your immediate supervisor and Pastor, and together you should make the report to Office of Community Services/law enforcement.
  • If suspected abuse is related to a diocesan/ church/ school program, or if abuse occurred by anyone acting in church services, a report must also be made to Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Sister Kathleen Farrelly, O. Carm, LCSW, SSWS, 298-2987, as well as to Msgr. Russell Harrington, Chancellor, 261-5611.
Within 5 days of oral report, mandatory reporters are required to complete the following form and submit to Office of Community Services:
How to Report Abuse: 

If suspected abuse is by a parent or caretaker, call 855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437)
If suspected abuse is by someone other than parent or caretaker, call your local law enforcement agency.


If known, provide:
  • Name, address, age, sex and race of child  
  • Nature, extent and cause of child’s injuries or endangered condition including any previously known or suspected abuse to the child or to the child’s parent or caretaker
  • Child’s family composition
  • Names and ages of all other members of the child’s household
  • Account of how this child came to the reporter’s attention
  • Any explanation of the cause of the child’s injury or condition offered by the child, caretaker or any other person
  • Any other information which the reporter believes might be important
  • The report shall also name the person or persons who thought to have caused or contributed to the child’s condition, if known, and the report shall contain the name of such person if he is named by the child.