General Information

Volunteer Clearance Information!

posted Oct 19, 2012, 9:14 AM by Darlene Booher   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

Requirements for Clearances, Effective July 1, 2015:  

  • Clearances that have been obtained in Pennsylvania within the past 60 months are acceptable and considered “current." The concept of “obtained within the past three months” has gone away.
  • Clearances obtained for employment purposes are acceptable for volunteer purposes.
  • Clearances obtained for volunteer purposes are NOT acceptable for employment purposes.
  • New/potential employees must:
    • Submit current clearances before starting employment or show proof of applying for clearances and sign a disclosure statement before starting employment on a provisional basis.
  • Employees presenting clearances within the past 60 months need to affirm that nothing has changed since obtaining the clearances. (The updated disclosure statement for provisional employment is used for this purpose.)
  • The provisional hiring period is still 90 days.
  • Employees are required to report changes in clearances status within 72 hours.
  • Updated clearances must be obtained as follows:
    • If the clearances were obtained prior to Dec. 31, 2014 and are more than 60 months old: by Dec. 31, 2015.
    • If the clearances were obtained prior to Dec. 31, 2014 and are less than 60 months old: by 60 months from the date of the oldest clearance.
      • Example: For a child abuse clearance obtained Jan. 1, 2014, Pennsylvania State Police clearance obtained Feb. 1, 2014 and FBI fingerprint clearance obtained March 1, 2014, updated clearances for all three must be obtained by Jan.1, 2019.
  • A Child Abuse Clearance can be obtained through the Child Welfare Portal.
  • A Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal History Check can be obtained here.
  • A FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Clearance is obtained by registering on the Cogent, Inc. website.

Renewal Guidelines:


Child Abuse History Clearance Online:

Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.

Organizations who want to set up business accounts must first register for a Business Partner User account using the “Organization Account Access” link on the Child Welfare Portal. Organization accounts will allow businesses and organizations to purchase child abuse history clearance payment codes and distribute those codes to applicants. When an applicant uses a code given to them by an organization, the organization will have access to the applicant’s child abuse history clearance results once those results are processed.


Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application will still be accepted for anyone who may not have access to the internet. Submit paper applications to:

ChildLine and Abuse Registry
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
PO Box 8170
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170

  1. The instructions for how to complete the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application are now included on the last page of the application and can be printed for easy reference when completing the application. Failure to comply with the instructions that are attached to the application will cause considerable delay in processing the results.
  2. Applicants can now type their information directly onto the application or the information can be hand written onto the application.
  3. If the information is typed directly onto the application, the information will NOT be able to be saved on a computer unless the computer has a licensed version of the acrobat adobe software. Therefore, please be sure to print the completed application before closing the document so that the information typed on the application is not lost.
  4. If you have trouble accessing the application you may need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available free on the internet.

Should you have additional questions, please contact: Darlene Booher @

Thank you!

Band Booster Address

posted Feb 15, 2012, 2:30 PM by Darlene Booher   [ updated May 30, 2016, 7:48 AM ]

Checks are to be made payable to:
Ambridge Area Band Boosters, Inc.
P.O. Box 145
Baden, PA 15005

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