CHILD PROTECTION DECREE AND FINGERPRINTING
Do You Plan to Volunteer?
The Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection requires that all employees and volunteers who have contact with children attend a live VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session and complete an online criminal background check before working or volunteering with children. Session participants must register with VIRTUS® ONLINE, http://www.virtusonline.org, before attending a Child Awareness Session. Several parishes offer the Child Awareness Sessions; the schedule may be found on the VIRTUS website. After attending a training session, you must log onto the VIRTUS® website and read monthly bulletins (articles).
As part of the Decree, employees and volunteers must also submit to a background check. Volunteers are no longer required to be fingerprinted, however, they must complete a background check online with Selection.com from within their VIRTUS® account. To access the online background check, you must log into your VIRTUS® account, click on your Toolbox tab, then select the Selection.com link.
Teachers, clerics, staff and those who have lived outside of Ohio must still be fingerprinted, in addition to completing the online background check. Teachers will need to be re-fingerprinted every five years. Fingerprinting is handled by Selection.com. Visit their website at Selection.com. Check the Calendar link at the top of the page for dates and locations for their Mobile Fingerprinting Unit (or you can go to either of their permanent locations).
The cost of the background check is $25, and is paid for by the parish using prepaid Fastrax Tokens. Each token has a corresponding number much like a “coupon code.” Before completing the online background check, you must contact the Parish Office at 661-0651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your Fastrax Token number to use for payment.