We are deeply committed to protecting children, thus we are committed to following our Safe Sanctuary program and the laws of Pennsylvania.
We want to ensure that people throughout the church have the clearances/background checks that are required of all volunteers (and employees – all employees are update on their clearances). For volunteers, there is no longer a fee for 2 (out of 3) background checks associated with the child protection — the child abuse clearance from the Department of Human Services and criminal background check from the Pennsylvania State Police are now free for volunteers. All volunteers who have not submitted their clearances should complete the following:
Clearances Needed for All Volunteers
Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Report (free)
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (free)
FBI Criminal History Report (Fingerprint-based background check)
($27.50 Fee -or- signed Affidavit, see Note below)
NOTE: The FBI Criminal History Report is not required for volunteers who have resided in Pennsylvania continuously for a period of 10 years prior to becoming a volunteer or applying for volunteer status and who sign an Affidavit affirming that they have not committed certain crimes that otherwise would prohibit them from being a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children. ( Affidavit must be signed in presence of Notary )
*** If you do not met the requirements for an Affidavit, please contact the Church Office.