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Child and Youth Protection

Mission Statement

The Office of Child and Youth Protection shares in the mission of the Archdiocese of Newark to be a living sign of Jesus Christ’s presence by assisting our youth in building a relationship with God by providing a safe environment. Toward this goal, the Office will implement and ensure compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The Office also shares in the Archdiocesan mission of coming to offer God’s merciful and loving providence to all. We are called to search out the needs, not only of the Catholic community, but of the total community; and then to respond accordingly with open mind and generous heart. Toward this second mission, the Office will provide outreach to victims/survivors and their families and demonstrate a sincere commitment to their spiritual and emotional well-being.

What’s Happening in Safe Environment

Online Recertification of Protecting God's Children

If you are recertifying your Protecting God's Children by doing the online option, please ensure you are reading the monthly articles in addition to doing the annual recertification module.  Your account may be suspended in Virtus when no articles have been read in the previous year, and you will be unable to volunteer.

Internet Predators - 5 Facts You Need to Know

Here is an insightful, helpful article about online predators and how they prey on teens: Internet Predators - 5 Facts You Need to Know

The Catholic Church: Making Progress in Child Abuse Prevention and Victim Assistance

Dioceses across the country, and especially the Archdiocese of Newark, have instituted compassionate outreach to victims and support services, training and background checks for staff and volunteers, training for children and youth, codes of conduct, reporting requirements to civil authorities, independent Review Boards to investigate allegations and recommend actions under Canon law for offenders, as well as other initiatives. See the many things the Church has done to protect youth with this video.

To date, the Catholic Church is the only youth-serving organization in the country - private or public - to undertake such a comprehensive program to create and promulgate safe environments for children and young people. You can learn more by visiting the USCCB's website.

The Archdiocese of Newark will be hosting a Grief to Grace retreat in September,  Grief to Grace is a psychological and spiritual journey providing safety and support for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. It is appropriate for those who have endured rape, incest, or other forms of traumatic violation in childhood, adolescence or as an adult. It is also suitable for those who have suffered abuse by a member of the clergy. This model of care provides therapy for the soul. If you have any questions about the Grief to Grace Retreat, direct them to Cheryl Riley, Associate Director of the Archdiocesan Respect Life office, at 973-497-4350 (office), 201-650-2961, or by email at

Independent auditors from the USCCB have found the Archdiocese of Newark fully compliant with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in every year since audits began in 2003.  


Contact Us

Karen Clark
Director, Safe Environment

Yolanda Milczarski
Coordinator, Office of Child and Youth Protection

Any person who wishes to report an incident of sexual misconduct by a member of the clergy, religious or lay staff of the Archdiocese of Newark should contact the Archdiocese as follows:

By Mail: 
Director, Office of Child and Youth Protection
The Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104 

By Phone: 

By Fax: