Child Protection



The Southern New England Conference is committed to providing safe worship and educational environments to help children and youth learn to love and follow Jesus Christ. 

Our organization follows the safety guidelines set forth by the North American Division, which are listed in the Child Protection Policy (FB-20), and include the following:

  • Two-Person Rule
  • Open Door Policy
  • Six-Month Waiting Period for New Volunteers
  • Training in Child Protection (through AVS)
  • Adult Screening and Background Checks (through AVS)
  • Worship Guidelines for Previous Sex Offenders Attending Church
(Adventist Screening Verification is an online provider for online training and screening.)

In addition we support individual state mandates on child reporting laws.

Please join us in all the steps we can take to keep our children safe in our ministry programs and prevent abuse in our churches, schools, and summer camp. 

Resources and training opportunities are available to equip and support families, volunteers, and employees in child protection.


April Montoya, Director

Child Protection Program 


Report suspected child abuse in your state.
(24-hour Careline)

(24-hour Careline)
Nearest DCF Office from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rhode Island: 
(24-hour line for at home caretakers or parents)
Nearest Police Station