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Child Protection Procedure

All volunteers at Holy Family are required as a minimum, to complete an online volunteer application. Volunteers who work with children are required to be trained and screened (criminal background check) and submit references.  (If you do not have access to a computer or internet, please contact Terry Kirby or Karen Nelson at the parish office.)
Click on the applicable Volunteer level below for the requirements and instructions.
Adult Volunteers WITHOUT substantial contact with children (Applies to Lectors, Greeters, Ushers, Martha Mary Volunteers, Eucharistic Ministers, Cleaning Volunteers, Landscape Volunteers, etc.)
Adult Volunteers WITH substantial contact with children (Applies to Nursery Volunteers, CLOW Leaders, Cantors, Catechists, Assistants, Vacation Bible School volunteers, etc.  (Forward the reference form below to the individuals that will be listed as references.)
Reference form (Please note that references need to be sent to Holy Family directly from the person providing the reference.)
3 references must be provided: personal, family member or other personal, professional/civic

Volunteers trained and screened at a different location
If you took the training and were screened at another parish in the Archdiocese of Balitimore within the past 5 years, please ensure your "VIRTUS" account reflects Holy Family as a location where  you volunteer.  Provide a reference form with your name to the Screening Coordinator at that location  and have them return it directly to Holy Family.

Volunteers ages 14 through 17 years of age who will be working with children - follow the procedure as outlined below.  Contact Karen Nelson or Terry Kirby for the paperwork and training.

  • Complete an Application for Volunteer Service  Three references must be provided on the form with current contact information.  Parent and teen must both sign the applicatiion.
  • ProvidReference forms to 3 individuals listed on the Volunteer Application. References must be completed and returned directly to the parish office by mail, email totkirby@hfccmd.org or knelson@hfccmd.org or fax to 301-371-6810.
  • Review the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel and Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth.
  • Watch the age appropriate video titled "Worthy of the Call". Training must take place at Holy Family - please contact Karen Nelson or Terry Kirby.
  • At the age of 18, the teenager must follow the Child and Youth Protection procedures for Adults.
  • Submit all of the paperwork to the parish office - please allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks for processing. You will receive a certificate once everything has been successfully completed.

Volunteers ages 14 through 17 years of age who do not work with children - follow the procedure as outlined below:
Complete an Application for Volunteer Service  Please note, references do not need to be provided.  
Review the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel and Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth.
Parent and teen must both sign the application.