Posted: 03/14/2015

PA Laws Take Effect for Volunteers Working With Children

Laws have taken effect that require all Pennsylvania organizations which have volunteers who work with children ages birth through 18 years old to have multiple background checks. Volunteers now are required to provide a PA Child Abuse Clearance, PA Criminal Background Check and an FBI Clearance with fingerprinting.For Abington Presbyterian Church this includes anyone who teaches or shepherds Sunday School, nursery volunteers, choir parents, fellowship advisors, retreat chaperones and all adults who have contact with children through a volunteer job. This is a sweeping change to the laws which used to only require this level of background clearances for paid staff. Volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years can be expempted from the FBI clearance by signing an Affirmation of Residency. Links to more information from the Presbytery of Philadelphia can be found here. Click on each background check for links to online information:

PA Criminal Background Check-

PA Child Abuse Background Check-

Federal Criminal History Record (Obtained through the FBI)-

Affirmation of 10-year Residency- Affirmation of Residency.doc

Summary of Requirements from the Presbytery of Philadelphia as of June 2015




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