Protecting Gods Children


Are you a coach, parish worker, or other volunteer working with children? We look forward to your contribution to our community. The Archdiocese of St. Louis, under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, requires that all who volunteer with or around children be compliant with the Safe Environment Program (SEP). All steps must be completed before you may volunteer. 

1. Attend a Protecting God's Children Workshop and sign the Code of Ethics form. Log on to the VIRTUS System to sign up for the workshop and to sign the Code of Ethics. If you would like to print copy of the Code of Ethics for your files, click here. Make sure to list Annunciation as your parish.

2. A completed background check from the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR). Download the FCSR background check form and turn the completed form in to the parish office. No money is required as the parish pays the fee. Every even numbered year we will run a background check for you and you will receive a copy in the mail. If you move, call the Missouri FCSR at 866-422-6872 to update your address.

Children grades 12 and under who volunteer are required to fill out the Student Code of Ethics and return the form to the parish office. Anyone out of high school is considered an adult.

For more information on the Safe Environment Program (SEP) click here to go the Archdiocese of St. Louis website. If you have any questions, contact our Parish Child Safety Coordinator, Barb Koch, 314-962-5955, x121.


SEP NOTICE: All volunteers and employees who work with children at Annunciation Parish must be in full compliance with the Safe Environment Program (SEP). This includes attending a Protecting God's Children workshop, undergoing a background check updated in even-numbered years, having an FBI fingerprint check if you have lived outside of Missouri within the past five years, and signing the Code of Ethical Conduct. These requirements are mandated by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops and are followed by every diocese in the country. The policies are the Church's attempt to ensure the suitability of all adults who work or volunteer around your children. If you have any questions about your compliance, contact Barb Koch, 314-962-5955, x121.

In addition to contacting civil authorities (and/or the Missouri Children’s Division Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-3738) victims of sexual abuse are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse by church personnel may be made to any pastor or to Sandra Price, the Executive Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection at  314-792-7271.