Archdiocese of Atlanta Protecting God's Children
As part of the Safe Environment Screening, all adults who work with our children or vulnerable adults, must complete the Virtus: Protecting God's Children Program. It is very useful information! Participants must register in advance, www.virtus.org. You may attend the training at Transfiguration or another Catholic Church. Thank you in advance for doing whatever we can to protect our children.
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In order to ensure that we are protecting the children and vulnerable individuals entrusted to our care, the Archdiocese of Atlanta has established procedures that must be consistently adhered to by all of our parishes, schools and agencies. This letter will explain these procedures and address concerns related to the process.
All volunteers of the Archdiocese of Atlanta should complete the Safe Environment Forms. Thiese forms include some basic information and references.
Any volunteer who has regular contact with children or vulnerable individuals must complete the Safe Environment forms.
Please notify Penny Fitzpatrick, , if you are serving in PREP and Linda Rega, , if you are volunteering with another group comprised of children or vulnerable adults. They will email you an evite to complete the forms electronically.
If you prefer, you can download and complete the forms below. (click bold type to download) Return the completed forms to the Parish Office.
Adult Medical Consent Form (only needs to be completed if you are chaperoning an overnight trip or sports related activity)Safe Drive Volunteer Drivers Form and Video
Safe Drive form Download
Safe Drive Video Instructions
The Fair Credit Reporting Act is the name of the law, which governs all consumer investigative reporting, including not only credit reports, but also felony and misdemeanor reports and any other kind of consumer investigative report. We are required by this law to obtain your written consent to perform the background investigation and we must also provide you with a copy of your rights under the law. Transfiguration Catholic Church and The Archdiocese of Atlanta do not in any case check the credit of any volunteer.
The volunteer background investigation includes a national criminal check for felonies and misdemeanors, verification that the social security number was validly issued to the individual and a check of the sexual abuse registry of 39 states. A national provider of background investigations performs all investigations on behalf of the Archdiocese. They first verify the addresses listed on the consent form to ensure that a potential volunteer has not left off addresses he or she may have lived at previously. This is an important step in the process because certainly a sexual predator who may have been caught in one jurisdiction would leave off that address information. Each time information is accessed for background investigation purposes a record is entered of the company who checked this information, so if you check your records with a consumer reporting agency you will see an instance of inquiry made on behalf of the Archdiocese. However, again be assured that credit is never checked for any volunteer by the Archdiocese.
Also, please be assured that the agency that performs the backgournd check does not, under any circumstances, divulge to a third party the contents of any data produced, procedures used, work performed or results obtained as part of their work for the Archdiocese.
Procedures have been established to ensure that at all times background investigation information is maintained with strict confidentiality at the parish, school and Archdiocesan levels. Information must be kept in locked file cabinets and access is not available to anyone other than those directly involved in processing the application.
I hope this explanation will help you to understand the procedures in place with regard to background investigation for volunteers. We truly value your commitment to creating a safe environment for our children. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may contact Human Resources at 770-977-1442, extension 119 or you may contact the Human Resource Department for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, 404-885-7227.