St. Thomas More must provide a safe environment for children and youth. We hold ALL adults who work with minors to a code of conduct that is Christ-centered and professional. The Safe Environment Program implemented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge requires us to evaluate the background of all paid personnel and volunteers whose duties include ongoing, unsupervised contact with minors.
The Diocese of Baton Rouge has adopted Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Any one who wants to volunteer at St. Thomas More must be in compliance with this policy. ALL requirements must be met in order to volunteer.
Any parent/adult (18 and older) who would like to volunteer with children on the St. Thomas More campus must fill out the following requirements as mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
The certification requirements can be accessed below or at the Office of Child and Youth Protection website.
The cost of the Background Check will be the responsibility of the person completing the child protection application.
Please submit all documentation to our Child Protection coordinator, Kristin Baldridge.
Requirements for church parish sponsored programs such as Vacation Bible School, Parish School of Religion, and Sacramental Prep Programs (Confirmation or First Eucharist):
If you have completed Diocesan Child Protection requirements for another site (parish or school), please complete this form.
* If you feel that there is a need to make a report of abuse, click HERE to follow the steps for mandated reporting as outlined by the Diocesan Code of Ethics.
All volunteers for school and church must have completed the Serving Vulnerable Populations and the Diocesan Code of Ethics module within the last five years.
For any questions, or to submit training certificate:
STM Church Child Protection Coordinator: Sarah Neau, 225.275.3940 - drop off at church office
STM School Child Protection Coordinator: Kristin Baldridge, 225.275.2820 - drop off at school office
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People requires that all children enrolled in Catholic Schools and Parish Schools of Religion receive Safe Environment training, The Diocese of Baton Rouge will provide such training for grades K-12 utilizing the program, Circles of Care.
The Circles of Care lesson plan for your child's grade level may be reviewed at https://learncat.diobr.org/circle-of-grace/ using the password CareSafeChurch.