Safeguard Our Children

Safeguard Our Children provides ongoing support, education, training and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children’s safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities. 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the implementation of the US Bishops’ Charter for Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter contains practical and pastoral steps that address allegations of sexual abuse, prevent future abuse, and help abuse victims through the healing process.

We appreciate everyone’s continued focus on this very critical program. During the month of April we request all ministers, parish volunteers, paid staff and anyone who may come into contact with our youth to recommit to adhering to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Guidelines for Adults interacting with Minors by signing your annual commitment form. The forms can be found with all mass coordinators, in the sacristy and the parish office.  They will also be available at the B-B-Q Safeguard the Children booth. We thank you for your concentrated focus on maintaining a safe environment for all children.

Please stop by our Safeguard the Children booth at our 5/21/17 b-b-q to obtain information on our Safeguard the Children program. We welcome suggestions to help us continue to create a safe environment for all children.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Safeguard the Children Committee

Carmen Austria – Chairperson

Fr. John Kyebasuuta – Pastor

Gloria Castillo – School Principal

Esther Hwang – Chinese Religious Educ.

Lorraine Melendez – General Manager

Sr. Rocio Nieto – Director of Religious Education

Maria Rugama – STA School Teacher

For additional information please contact Carmen Austria —626-993-4933

or visit the Archdiocese Website at