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Protecting Our Children

As of June 2014, The Archdiocese of Cincinnati requires any adult working with children to undergo a criminal background check and complete a training course aimed at educating adults about signs of possible sex abuse. This is applicable to all priests, deacons, other ministers, employees and volunteers who may have contact with children, young people and individuals at risk as part of their duties. Compliance with this requirement involves three key factors:

  1. Attending a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session. Sessions are three hours in length, and you must register in advance at (or by following this link). You do not need a parish or school employee to register you, and you may attend a class anywhere within the archdiocese. There is no charge for the VIRTUS session.
  2. Obtaining a background check through This process is initially handled when you register for a training session. Guardian Angels can provide you a Token (code) to cover the cost of your background check. User information is automatically re-checked every quarter to ensure compliance.
  3. Completing monthly VIRTUS bulletins. The VIRTUS program is an ongoing educational process that includes monthly bulletins with a variety of information. If you fall behind in reading these electronic bulletins, your status with the Archdiocese will be suspended until complete your delinquent bulletins. This occurs if you miss three or more bulletins (they do not have to be consecutive), and you will be unable to work with children until your account has been reactivated.

For further information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page. To obtain a token code, or if you have additional questions, please contact

For more information on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's efforts to protect our children, click here.
To help ensure accountability, the archdiocese provides access to two third-party reporting systems, described below, that allow anonymity and confidentiality for the person making a report. You can find additional information and links to report here.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also provides resources on preventing and reporting child abuse. Click here for more information.