Volunteer Information

Certain individuals, in order to work or volunteer with children, are required to obtain clearances which may include the following:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance;
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check; and
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check. (If living outside of PA within the past 10 years)

Keep Kids Safe – Volunteer FAQ

You may get your FREE PA Child Welfare Background check here: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

You may get your FREE PA State Police Criminal Background Check here: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

If you have lived outside of PA within the past 10 years, you will need to get a $27.50 FBI background check here: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpw.htm

(Click here for detailed instructions for FBI background checks)


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