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Tips for talking about “controlling access”

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 2/11/19

Part of the “Protecting God’s Children” training program is designed to control who has access to children and ensure that those who do undergo rigorous screening measures. It’s important for all adults to understand what this means and how this process works. Adults who are being screened have not ... Read More »

Know when words are warning signs

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 2/05/19

Some predators will use comments and conversations to groom potential victims. Be on guard any time an adult is talking to a child about sex, no matter how they’re presenting it (hygiene, reproduction, etc.). Physical flattery can be another red flag — predators sometimes try to make children feel ... Read More »

Protect your child’s financial future

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 1/25/19

​As parents, we want to keep our children safe from any harm. That includes harm from identity theft, which can lead to compromised credit scores and financial ruin, before your child even gets his/her first job! Take steps to minimize the risk of identity theft by setting up credit ... Read More »

Learn how to help children suffering from trauma

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 1/18/19

With mass shootings, natural disasters, and the social climate today, our children are living in a world that can be very scary at times. Children who have suffered from trauma, through abuse, loss, or another tragedy, may have different ways of viewing the world through the distorted lens of ... Read More »

Fine Line between Obedience and Protection | La Linea entre la Obediencia y la Proteccion

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 1/15/19

Talk to your children about the fine line between obedience and protection

Children learn from an early age that adults are figures of authority — teachers, police officers, bus drivers, babysitters. We need our children to listen to the people who are in charge of them, but this message ... Read More »

Be a Safe Adult | Sea un Adulto Confiable

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 1/11/19

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One of the most common responses to stories from abuse victims who suffered in silence for years is, “Why did you wait so long?” For many children, they wait because they have no one they trust to talk to about what’s happening to them. ... Read More »

Situational Awareness and Holiday Travel

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 12/07/18

Practice situational awareness as part of your holiday travel plans

At Christmastime, families come together to spend this blessed season surrounded by their loved ones, and for many families, this involves some travel. Parents with young children who are hitting the roads or the airways should be practicing situational ... Read More »

Practice fire safety in the home | Practicar la seguridad contra incendios en el hogar

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 11/19/18


Developing a family fire plan for evacuation can save lives. Children should be a part of the planning, and should know which exits to use to get out of the house and where to meet once they are safely outside. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers should ... Read More »

Respect and Friendship | El Respecto y la Amistad

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 10/26/18

DID YOU KNOW? Mutual Respect is Key for Friendships

Your child will make many friends throughout his lifetime. As children grow, their interests change and develop, and they meet many new people along the way. But as children make new friends, mutual respect should be the guiding principle of ... Read More »

Archdiocese's Continued Commitment to the Protection and Prevention of Abuse

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/20/18

​Since 2004, the Office of Safeguard the Children of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has trained more than 329,000 adults in the VIRTUS® child abuse prevention adult awareness programs and more than 1.4 million children and young people in the children’s program.  More than 168,000 adults have been fingerprinted ... Read More »