January 22, 2005

Center declines diocese victim program


Staff Writer

For the second year in a row, the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese is in compliance with the mandatory U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The audit report, issued earlier this month, is the result of an October visit by two auditors from the Gavin Group, an independent Boston firm of auditors experienced in law enforcement and investigations.

However, since the auditors' visit, the Resource Center for Parents and Children, which was named as victim assistance coordinator for the diocese, withdrew from the role after reviewing a diocesan Child Sexual Abuse Reporting packet.

In a letter dated Jan. 7, RCPC Executive Director Coleen Turner wrote, "Upon review of the packet, we are unable to fulfill the role of information gatherer as indicated by the forms in the packet. This procedure goes against the confidentiality practices we have with our clients."

Bishop Donald Kettler acknowledged the recent change.

Posted by kshaw at January 22, 2005 07:34 AM