April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

“Our Nation’s enduring commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect demands that individuals and communities partner together to provide safe and nurturing environments for all of America’s daughters and sons. We must all join in the work of uplifting and safeguarding our youngest individuals and ensuring they are limited by nothing but the size of their dreams and the range of their aspirations. This month, let us aim to eradicate child abuse from our society, and let us secure a future for our children that is bright and full of hope, opportunity, and security.”
— President Barack Obama
from the Presidential Proclamation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2016

“Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the Church with full confidence, for it is a safe and secure home. Consequently, priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors.”
— Pope Francis
Letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences 2 February 2015

The Archeparchy of Pittsburgh is committed to the protection and safety of its youngest members. Visit the Protection of Children and Youth page for information regarding Victims Assistance, Safe Environment Training, Background Checks and Clearances, procedures for filing a complaint, and other resources.