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Child Protection Class Required for All Volunteers

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Child Protection Class Required for All Volunteers

Daniel Bonner

Saturday, January 7th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
At All Saints' Church, 14851 Gideon Road, Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Registration Required

All volunteer who will be working with children, including those who plan to volunteer at Willow Springs Elementary School, need to attend this training session if they have not done so in the past two years. Please read the letter below from the Diocesan Administrator for the full information before registering.

Below is the letter from Lynn Milograno, the administrator in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic:

Dear friends, 

I want to let you know about an upcoming opportunity for training in the diocesan Protection of Children policy. A workshop will be held Saturday, January 7th at All Saints' Church, 14851 Gideon Road, Woodbridge, VA, 22192. 

The half-day morning workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. satisfies the diocesan training requirements for clergy, vestry members, staff and volunteers who work with youth or children. 

There is no charge for this training, but registration is required. Click here to register for the half-day workshop. (

Training is also available for anyone, approved by the rector, to be a trained Trainer (either a staff member or a volunteer), who could then offer child protection training sessions on a regular basis for his/her church's staff and volunteers. 

What skills are needed to be a trainer? 

Trainers model the core principles of the DOMA Manual for the Protection of Children in their church. A trainer must feel comfortable speaking and presenting in front of large groups. Someone who has been trained as a social worker or a counselor may be a particularly good candidate as they typically have good listening and communication skills and may be knowledgeable about the traumas of child abuse and what is integral to healing. 

Additionally, a potential trainer should consider how talking about this issue regularly and openly in public will affect them personally. It takes courage and commitment to increase people's knowledge and to change attitudes about child abuse, and it is difficult to hear personal stories of abuse. A trainer must be prepared to be immersed in the topic without it having a negative or traumatic effect on them; this is an especially important consideration if the potential trainer is a survivor of child abuse. 

The trainer does not necessarily need to be the children's ministries director or youth pastor. 

How do I become a trainer? 

To become a diocesan-approved Child Protection Trainer, the person must be endorsed by his/her rector and register to attend the upcoming Train the Trainer Workshop held at All Saints' Church, Woodbridge, VA on Saturday, January 7th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This FREE workshop includes: 

  • experiencing a DOMA Approved Child Protection Workshop as a participant from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • lunch from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon instruction on the DOMA Policy Manual requirements and implementation strategies from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • All training materials including a DOMA Child Protection Manual, a Trainers Manual, two Training Videos, and templates that will provide the basis for meeting each requirement of the child protection policy. 

There is no charge for this training, but registration is required. 
Please contact me, Lynn Milograno, at to register. 

This email is going out to rectors, lay leaders of missions and children's ministries directors. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone in your congregation whom you would recommend as a trainer.

I am happy to answer any questions that might arise. 

In Him,
Lynn Milograno
Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic