To Report Suspected Abuse:

Offices of Community Services
Terrebonne  (985-857-3630)
Lafourche  (985-447-0945)
St. Mary  (337-828-5278)
Jefferson  (504-838-5357)

Sheriffs' offices:
Terrebonne  (985-876-2500)
Lafourche  (985-532-2808)
St. Mary  (985-384-1622)
Jefferson [Grand Isle] (985-787-2204)



 Safe Environment 




Providing a Safe Environment and educating children, youth and adults about preventing child abuse are prime concerns of these Safe Environment Guidelines.  Children are gifts from God, and as such we must treat them with respect and assist them in developing to the full potential that God sees in them. Along with their parents, who are the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith, the diocese of Houma-Thibodaux is committed to providing a healthy, loving and safe environment where children can be formed into the future adults of our Church and society.  Our children deserve this, and to the very best of our ability we are dedicated to providing this to them.

Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre

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Diocesan Outreach Line
In response to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux is offering an Outreach Line (formerly known as the Child Protection Contact Line). The Outreach Line is an effort to continue the diocesan commitment to support healing for people who have been hurt or sexually abused recently or in the past by clergy, religious or other employees of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.
The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Outreach Line operates from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A trained mental health professional responds to the line. Individuals are offered additional assistance if requested.
The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Outreach Line
Telephone number is (985) 873-0026.
For detailed reporting procedures see: www.htdiocese.org.
Click on the Safe Environment tab, then on S.E. Forms and Links.
Línea de Comunicación Diocesana
Con el fin de cumplir con las Políticas de Protección de Niños y Jóvenes de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Los Estados Unidos, la Diócesis de Houma-Thibodaux ofrece una Línea de Comunicación (antes Línea de Contacto para la Protección de los Niños). La Línea de Comunicación es parte del esfuerzo diocesano de comprometerse con el mejoramiento de aquéllos que han sido lastimados o abusados sexualmente recientemente o en el pasado por miembros del clero, religiosos u otros empleados de la Diócesis de Houma-Thibodaux.
El horario de la Línea de Comunicación de la Diócesis de Houma-Thibodaux es de 8:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m., de lunes a viernes. El encargado de esta línea es un profesional capacitado en salud mental.
Se ofrece asistencia adicional al ser solicitada.
Línea de Comunicación de la Diócesis de Houma-Thibodaux
Número de teléfono (985) 873-0026.
Vea el detallado procedimiento de informes en: www.htdiocese.org.
Haga clic en Safe Environment y luego S.E. Forms and Links.

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Back to Basics – What is Child Abuse?
Part 1
Child abuse comes in many different forms such as neglect, physical abuse, fetal abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) has these definitions:
Child abuse and neglect - At a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
            Sexual abuse - the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct or simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct; or the rape, and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial relationships, statutory rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children.
 Physical neglect Includes abandonment or inadequate supervision, and failure to provide for safety or physical needs. Includes failure to thrive, malnutrition, unsanitary conditions, or injuries from lack of supervision.
Educational neglect – Includes not enrolling child in school, or allowing child to engage in chronic truancy.
Emotional neglect - Includes withholding of affection or attention, failure to provide psychological care, ignoring the child’s emotional needs.
Medical neglect – Includes delay or denial of dental or health care, or withholding medical care due to religious beliefs. Some states will not prosecute due to withholding of health care due to religious beliefs but court orders are occasionally obtained to save a child's life.
Neglect Indicators
  • Poor hygiene, including lice, scabies, severe or untreated diaper rash, bedsores, body odor
  • Squinting
  • Unsuitable clothing; missing key articles of clothing (underwear, socks, shoes); overdressed or underdressed for climate conditions
  • Untreated injury or illness
  • Lack of immunizations
  • Indicators of prolonged exposure to elements (excessive sunburn, insect bites, colds)
  • Height and weight significantly below age level
Adapted from Childhelp