In 2014, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted 23 pieces of legislation, changing how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. These changes significantly impact the reporting, investigation, assessment, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases. This legislation will have a direct impact on the paid employees and volunteers of the Christian Gospel Fellowship, and will require that prospective employees and volunteers obtain criminal background checks and child abuse clearances. Further, this legislation also specifies that all volunteers and employees are now “mandatory reporters” of child abuse.
For more information about these clearances (including dates by which they are expected to be completed), a comprehensive review of these 23 recent laws, and to complete the online components of these checks, please visit www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov
the Elders and Deacons of The Christian Gospel Fellowship ask that all current volunteers comply with the state clearances requirement by July 1, 2016. All new volunteers are required to complete and submit these along with a completed Christian Service form by April 1st, 2015.
For direct links to clearances:
- PA State Police Criminal Record Check (available online!)
- Child Abuse History Clearance (Department of Human Services; Online Child Abuse History Clearance online! )
- Waiver for TCGF (confirming 10 year residence) OR the FBI Criminal Background Check (if not a 10 year resident) (multi-step process, can be registered for here.)