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

The work of volunteers is essential to the successful accomplishment of the Church’s mission and ministry. The management policies and procedures employed to supervise the work of volunteers must be consistent with the mission of the church or school and must support its successful achievement (NAD FB-20).
SNEC requires that all local volunteers and church officers must be trained and screened using the program Verified Volunteer.  (Please note: The NAD, including our conference, is using the Verified Volunteer in replace of Shield the Vulnerable.)

Verified Volunteers is replacing Shield the Vulnerable as the NAD's provider of online training and screening for all staff and volunteers.

If you are already registered with Shield the Vulnerable no action is required at this time. Your information will roll over to Verified Volunteers and you will be contacted with further instructions when it's time to renew.

The two providers are similar. Upon registering with Verified Volunteers, there will be an online course lasting 40-60 minutes. This can be done all at once or you may save at any time and continue later. At the end of the course you will be allowed to enter your personal information and complete the screening portion.

As in the past, the training and background screening will be valid for three years from the date both were completed. The new system will provide reminders when the training and screening need to be renewed. 
Maintaining a safe environment for our children continues to be a priority for the Southern New England Conference. We appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the conference office.

Questions while using the Verified Volunteer site:
Verified Volunteer may be reached by emailing AdventistSupport@verifiedvolunteers.com or by calling 1-855-326-1860 (toll free).

Video for new volunteers using the Verified Volunteer site:

Seventh-Day Adventist Volunteer Experience from Verified Volunteers on Vimeo.

The Hideout (ShortFilm)
A young girl's life is thrown upside down when she is molested by her favorite teacher. Through the support of her best friend, she finds the strength to tell her mother.

End It Now: Understanding & Preventing Child Abuse in the Adventist Church from Loma Linda University Health

My Private Places Book by Nancy Goode Talalas


April Montoya, Director
Verified Volunteer
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