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Child and Youth Protection Policy - STAND Certification

The Archdiocese of Baltimore and Holy Family Catholic Community have a strong commitment to supporting healthy ministry to children and youth and take seriously the safety and well being of your children in every aspect of their lives. When you entrust us with their care, we strive to provide a protective environment in which they will be safe. For this reason all volunteers are required to comply with the STAND program requirements.

This STAND certification procedure has recently undergone revisions by the Archdiocese based on feedback from parishes and schools, as well as from the collective experience of employees in implementing these policies.  The revisions seek to clarify adult-child boundaries, incorporate policies that address the ever changing electronic communications, and provide a streamlined online compliance management system, Shield the Vulnerable, that is used across the Archdiocese that eliminates any duplication of efforts between parishes and schools.

Reporting Abuse
The Archdiocese of Baltimore complies with Maryland laws requiring reporting suspected child abuse to civil authorities. Under Maryland Law any person who has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse must report the suspected abuse to civil authorities, even if the potential victim is now over 18 years old and even in cases where the alleged perpetrator is deceased. If someone associated with the Church, including clergy, employees, or volunteers of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is suspected of abuse, then the suspected abuse must also be reported to the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection at 410-547-5438 or the Victims Assistance Hotline at 1-866-417-7469.
 Archdiocese of Baltimore Child Protection Hotline
(Toll Free) 1-866-417-7469
Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Child Protection

If you know or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected, immediatley call or make a written report to the local social services office.  In addition, you are also asked to contact Msgr. Rob Jaskot at 301-473-4800.

Frederick County
(301) 600-2464
(301) 564-8230- after hrs (Police Dept)
(301) 631-2639 (fax)
100 East All Saints Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701

 For emergencies or crimes, call 911 or the local police.

For assistance, call the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline which is staffed 24 hours a day by professional crisis counselors at:

If you are a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, you might also contact the RAINN National SexuaAssault Online Hotline: