Volunteer Clearances

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.


WHAT CLEARANCES ARE REQUIRED?

  1. Report of PA Criminal History from the Pennsylvania State Police (PATCH) – free
  2. Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services – free
  3. Fingerprint based FBI criminal history clearance submitted through the Department of Human Services – cost $27.50 (TechGirlz will reimburse full-time students once all documentation is received)
    • Volunteers who have lived in PA for the last 10 years may complete the Stemgirlz Affidavit form (link to be added soon) in place of the FBI Check
    • Volunteers who have not lived in PA for 10 years are only required to get this until establishing residency in PA (see number 3 below)

HOW TO OBTAIN PA MANDATED BACKGROUND CLEARANCE CERTIFICATIONS


Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History

  1. Go to this link: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
  2. Click the yellow New Record Check (Volunteers Only) and follow directions
  3. Volunteer Organization Name: TechGirlz

Child Abuse History Clearance from Department of Human Services

  1. Go to this link:https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  2. Create a new account and follow the directions
  3. Volunteer Category: Other
  4. Agency Name: TechGirlz

FBI Fingerprinting

  1. Go this link: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpw.htm
  2. Click “Register Online” – follow directions, and print receipt
  3. At the end there will be a link to show where you can go to get fingerprinted

Note: This process will take several weeks and must be completed prior to attending all Stemgirlz programs



FINAL STEP

Print/Scan all background screening documents to a .pdf file format and email to szathmar.bucks.edu@gmail.com. We are required to keep all documents on file. 

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