Overview

The Office for Child and Youth Protection offers services to individuals who were child victims of  sexual abuse by a representative of the Archdiocese and their family members, as well as parishioners and members of our school communities in the aftermath of sexual abuse within the church. Our professional Victim Service Coordinators have a sincere commitment to the emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals who have been impacted by this crime and are here to help

Our Services

The following services are available to men, women and children who have been affected by sexual abuse within the Archdiocese.

  • Compassionate supportive counseling
  • Resources on child sexual abuse
  • Referrals for outpatient therapy, pastoral support and counseling, and related psychiatric services
  • Support and assistance through any canonical process
  • Assistance to families seeking spiritual guidance or a meeting with
    the Archbishop
  • Assistance eliminating barriers to treatment, such as transportation and child care
  • Supportive services in cases where there has been a violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.

Counseling

We understand that counseling after sexual abuse, whether the abuse happened yesterday or many years ago, is an important part of the healing process. Our staff is here to assist you in identifying and accessing mental health services based on your individual needs.

“Honesty, Hope and Healing in Christ”

One of OCYP’s important roles is to offer support to parishes as they begin their healing and reconciliation process in the aftermath of the sexual abuse crisis in the church. Our team is available to meet with the affected parishes for open conversation, allowing individuals to express their feelings about what has happened and move towards healing.