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Instructions for Obtaining Background Clearances

Effective January 1, 2015, revisions to a Pennsylvania child protection law will require volunteers (any adults serving in unpaid positions) who are individually responsible for the welfare of a child or children, or who will have direct contact with a child or children, to have the background clearances described below.

Required Documents

  1. Report of PA Criminal History from the Pennsylvania State Police (PATCH) – free

  2. Child Abuse History Clearance (Renewable every 5 years)

  3. Fingerprint based FBI criminal history clearance submitted through the Department of Human Services – cost $27.50

  4. Mandated Reporting CE Course - Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse (renewable every year)

How to Obtain PA Mandated Background Clearance Certifications

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History

Child Abuse History Clearance from Department of Human Services

FBI Fingerprinting

Note: This process will take several weeks and must be completed prior to volunteering or working at Wonderfully Me, Inc.

Final Step

Print/Scan all background screening documents to a PDF file format and email to

We are required to keep all documents on file.

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