Office of Safe Environments • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

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The Safe Environments Office is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all children in our Diocese.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

SUNDAY OCTOBER 29, 2017 2:00 P.M.

(Save the Date)

The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted. The Mass will be held on October 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Anthony of Padua Church located at 149 South Pine Creek Rd, Fairfield, CT. Light Refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass.

In addition, there are two upcoming gatherings at the Bridgeport Public Library at their North Branch located at 3455 Madison Ave, Bridgeport, CT. This is an opportunity to meet with fellow adult survivors of abuse as a minor together with the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator. You are important to us and we want to know how we may assist you in your journey towards healing.

  • Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
  • Thursday June 1, 2017 6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, and you would like to learn more about this Mass, the upcoming gatherings, and resources that are available in our Diocese, please contact one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators, Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., (203) 650-3265 or Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W. (203) 241-0987.

Resources offered through the U.S.C.C.B. Office of Child and Youth Protection.

Thank you for all that you do each day for the safety and protection of the children of our Diocese.
Erin Neil L.C.S.W., Director of Safe Environments
and Victim Assistance Coordinator
Tel: (203) 416-1406
Tel: (203) 650-3265

The Bishop Renews Safe Environments

Ms. Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., Director of Safe Environments and Victim Assistance Coordinator

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of new board members and the reappointment of long-time members.

The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy and to function as a consultative body to the bishop. Review Boards are required in all U.S. dioceses as a direct result of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter)… Read More

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Important Links & Downloads

State of CT Department of Children and Family Services training (PPT)
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect in the State of CT (PDF)
Overview and Facts of the Diocese of Bridgeport Safe Environment Program (PDF)
Child Abuse Prevention Resources for Parishes and Parents (DOC)
Tips for Parents on Internet “Sexting” & Teens (PDF)
Guidelines for Parents and Teens on Internet Photos (PDF)
Personal Safety Brochure (DOC)

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