We have new requirements for volunteers that include a child abuse clearance in addition to the criminal background checks we have performed for the past several years. We must have the child abuse clearance PRIOR to accepting a volunteer to participate in camp this year. This is for those volunteers 18 years of age and older. This is a very lengthy process and can only be performed by the volunteer. The minimal turnaround time for the process to be completed is 6 weeks and can certainly take longer. Therefore, it is imperative that if you plan to attend camp or think that you might like to do so, you initiate this process ASAP. A delay in doing so will mean that we cannot allow you to attend camp without the proper documentation. If you have recently received clearance (in the past 2 years) for your job or other volunteer experience, this will suffice. You can forward us a copy of the documentation. If we don’t have adequate numbers of staff with the proper clearance, we will be forced to limit the number of campers allowed to attend camp this year.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING PA CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS:
If you do not have a recent child abuse clearance, the form that you need to complete may be found at:
Please complete the 1st page, √ the box for Volunteer under purpose for certificate area, sign, and date and send it to:
CHILDLINE AND ABUSE REGISTRY, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE, P.O. BOX 8170 HARRISBURG, PA 17105-8170.
Include a $10 MONEY ORDER, along with the form. They will not accept checks or credit cards. While you can complete the form on the computer, you will need to print out the form to sign, date and mail it in. They do not accept electronic transmissions. You will also need to include a copy of your PA Criminal Background Check. If you volunteered at PA Vent Camp last year you may have received a copy when you registered at camp. If you don’t have one you can email us to get a copy or get one on-line. This form may be found at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
Please print it out to send with the child abuse clearance form.
Click on Submit a New Record Check then click on the Accept button on the next page, complete the information on the page, click next and complete the credit card information ($10 cost) and submit it electronically. You will receive the results instantly (in a few seconds) on the computer. Print out the form and add it to the PA Child Abuse clearance form. Once you receive the clearance in the mail, please forward a copy to us. We will not be able to accept you as a volunteer at camp until we have the clearance in hand.