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Child and Youth Protection

Safe Environment Director

  • Joan B. Altmeyer
  • Phone: 912-201-4074
  • Toll-Free Hotline: 888-357-5330

Bishops' Charter

Georgia Sex Offender Registry

National Sex Offender Registry

Bishops' Endorsement of VIRTUS 4.0

VIRTUS Training Schedule

Reporting Procedures (English)

Reporting Procedures (Spanish)

List of Credibly Accused

Child and Youth Protection is committed to providing safe environments and fostering continuous improvement in every organization that sponsors activities and/or provides services to children and youth.

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