Because some positions within Family Pride Network of Central Ohio (“FPN) have direct contact with children, FPN supports and maintains environments that are free of child abuse and neglect.

The State of Ohio has passed a mandatory child abuse and neglect reporting law, codified in the Ohio Revised Code, in order to qualify for federal funding under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The Act was originally passed in 1974, has been amended several times and was most recently amended and reauthorized by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Act Amendments of 2003. CAPTA mandates "minimum definitions" for child abuse and sexual abuse as well as ensures compliance to the United States Constitution regarding an individual’s due process rights.

Child abuse or neglect is any act or failure to act: resulting in imminent risk of or placing a child in immediate danger of serious harm, death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation of a child by a parent or caretaker who is responsible for the child's welfare.

Sexual abuse is defined as: employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit contact or conduct or any simulation of such contact or conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct; or rape, and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial relationships, statutory rape, gross sexual imposition, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children. Sexual abuse may also include sexual touching and bodily contact, exhibitionism, voyeurism and/or involvement of children in pornographic material.

The State of Ohio requires certain professionals and institutions to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect can result in criminal and/or civil liability. The State of Ohio requires the report to be made to a law enforcement entity or child protection agency. Reporting to a parent or relative will not satisfy the reporter's legal duty under the statute.

In accordance with these statutes, FPN will neither condone nor tolerate:

A. Infliction of physically or sexually abusive behavior or bodily injury upon a child;

B. Physical neglect of a child, including failure to provide adequate safety measures, care, and supervision in relation to FPN activities;

C. Emotional maltreatment of a child, including verbal abuse and/or verbal attacks.

D. Failure to report any of the conduct listed in the previous three paragraphs (A-C), which a staff or board member or volunteer is aware of or suspects. 

FPN will distribute this policy to all staff and volunteers of the organization, including its Board of Directors. FPN reserves the right to refuse membership, to dismiss or to exclude from affiliation with the organization any staff member, board member, member or volunteer who is found guilty of child abuse or neglect or has been convicted of child abuse or neglect. Local (more stringent) prevailing statutes may supersede FPN policies. In the event that a person who has been found guilty or convicted of child abuse or neglect, no refund of any dues shall be issued and shall be considered forfeited for all purposes.