Please see the press release below that came out June 10th from the governor's office announcing that the fee for background checks for volunteers working with children will be waived and the fee for the child abuse and state criminal history background checks for all others will be reduced.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2015
Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf announced today that fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children. Additionally, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants. These changes will take effect July 25, 2015.
"My action today could not have been accomplished without the hard work of the General Assembly, who has participated in an ongoing bipartisan working group with the Administration in an effort to develop needed clarifications to the Child Protective Services Law," said Gov. Wolf. "Through that process, the General Assembly expressed concerns of many members about the cost of background clearances, particularly for volunteers. I share those concerns, and that is why I am excited to announce these actions today."
Beginning July 1, 2015, volunteers are required to obtain background checks, including the Child Abuse History Clearance, issued by the DHS, and the Criminal History Record Check, issued by the PSP.
"The work from DHS and PSP sets a strong example of interagency collaboration," Gov. Wolf continued. "Partnerships like these create the foundation for a government that works."
A comprehensive list of persons required to get clearances is as follows:
From Jan 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015, there were 61,019 clearance applications received for volunteers. The projected total number of volunteer clearances for FY 2015-2016 is 296,836
More information about clearances required under the Child Protective Services Law can be found at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov. Individuals seeking clearances can go directly to www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis to create an individual account and apply for their child abuse clearance electronically.