Child And Youth Protection Information

The Diocese of Birmingham has long recognized that children, youth and other vulnerable persons can be at risk from certain individuals present in every community. Individuals who for whatever reason, prey on those weaker than themselves. We recognize that whenever children and youth are out of their parent’s direct care they are especially at risk. In 1991 a set of policies and procedures were promulgated to help ensure that Catholic institutions and programs would be as safe as possible from those seeking to harm minors. Training sessions were implemented to prepare staff and volunteers to continue their ministries in safe and healthy ways, and to properly respond and report allegations of suspected child abuse. Policies, procedures and training continue to change and grow as the needs of Catholic institutions have changed.


Coordinator, Office for Child and Youth Protection: Deacon Frank R. Slapikas -

Office: (205) 776-7186  | Cell: (205) 242-3954

  • Receives new allegations and reports of suspected child abuse
  • Supports and coordinates the work of the diocesan Review Board
  • Coordinates compliance with the annual audit of child and youth protection
  • Maintains records

Coordinator, Child and Youth Safe Environment: Donald Schwarzhoff -

Office: (205) 838-8301

  • Oversees criminal background screening for volunteers
  • Directs adult live and on-line youth protection training
  • Maintains records of adult training
  • Coordinates the diocesan Code of Conduct
  • Supports the work of the diocesan Review Board

Secretary: Michele Cooper-

Office: (205) 776-7179


Click here for the Youth Protection Training schedule, forms and more information

To Report Suspected Child Abuse

To report suspected child abuse that involves a priest, deacon, or anyone connected to a catholic church, catholic school or other catholic institution. 
Call (205) 776-7186 or (205) 242-3954