Media Policy

Protecting the privacy of families with children and young adults at St. Mary’s Home is our responsibility. Reporters, film crews and photographers must be accompanied by a staff member while visiting the Home or the grounds.

St. Mary’s Home never releases the last names of individuals who live here.

Notice of on-site interviews is needed so we can arrange a location and inform the individuals who live here, families and staff. We will contact families upon your request to arrange interviews.

Please identify staff members by their titles and use the complete name of the facility – St. Mary’s Home – on first reference and St. Mary’s or the Home thereafter. We shortened our name from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children when we opened The Albero House for adults on our campus in 2013.

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, no specific information is made available to any member of the media unless St. Mary’s Home receives written authorization from a parent or guardian.

Individuals only may be photographed or videotaped if their legal guardians have signed a release form.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Kaurup, at kkaurup@smhdc.org or call (757) 622-2208.

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