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Youth Evangelization and Discipleship Contact:

Brad Bursa
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100 E. Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2193
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2741
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Legal and Liability

Frequently Asked Questions on Legal & Liability Issues

See the links at left for more information on more specific issues such as permission forms, copyright or social networking.

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Who needs to be oriented to the Child Protection Decree and fingerprinted?

All priests, employees and regular volunteers. Regular volunteers are described as “an adult who is not a cleric or employee (for example, a catechist, scout leader, coach, service coordinator, etc.) who functions in a regular relationship having contact with children. This includes interns, student teachers and others in similar capacities.

For example, a regular volunteer is one who has contact with children:

A regular volunteer has contact with children at least once a month, or participates in any overnight event with children.  It does not include the occasional volunteer such as a driver or chaperone whose contact with children is less than one hour per month for activities that are not overnight.” (Child Protection Decree, 2013, p. 3)

When do I need to provide a permission and release form?

Where can I get a copy of a Permission and Release Form?

How long to I have to keep my copy of the Permission and Release Form?

What requirements does the Archdiocese have regarding chaperones and drivers?