Protection of Children and Youth
We are committed to protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults in all parishes, Catholic schools, and other Church ministries. The Office for the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY) of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis works to help prevent the abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults. They partner with parents, parish and Catholic school leaders and others to provide safe environments through raising awareness about the societal problem of sexual abuse, offering effective personal safety education and enforcing screening requirements.
For survivors of abuse
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis partners with Canvas Health, an independent and professional local care provider, to offer confidential, compassionate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (612) 379-6363. Referrals and financial support for counseling, individual or group therapy, and spiritual advising or direction are offered to help you in healing. You may also wish to contact the archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Program at 651-291-4475.