Child Abuse Clearances

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There are THREE clearances that need to be obtained in order to volunteer in any capacity with children in Pennsylvania:

  1. Criminal Record Check
  2. Child Abuse Clearance
  3. FBI Background Clearance

If you already have these, and they have been obtained within the last 5 years, please bring them into the choir office, and we will make copies. We are required to keep copies of every employee and volunteer.

If you do not have any or all of these, please continue reading.

1. To obtain a Criminal Record Check:

Go here: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp and click on the yellow button "New Record Check". Complete the process. For Volunteer Organization phone number, our number is 215-222-3500.


2. To obtain the Child Abuse Clearance from Pennsylvania:

Go here: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home and click on "CREATE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT". On the next page, click "NEXT" and finish creating an account. You will need to go through a password process, etc just to set up the account. Once it's complete, go here: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS/Public/ClearanceLearnMore  Read the info, click "Continue" and then you will be directed to log-in with your newly created ID and password. Login and then "Create Clearance Application" and complete the process. When you login and begin filling it out, it will ask for "Application Purpose". Select the top option - "Volunteer Having Contact With Children". For category, select "Other".


3. To obtain the FBI Background Clearance:

You will need to pay a fee of $27.50 and you will need to get fingerprinted.

If you live in PA, first read the "Disclosure Statement" in the files listed above. If you've lived in PA for the past ten years, this statement might apply to you and you can forego the FBI check. If it applies to you, sign it and hand it in to us. This completes the third step for you.

If it does not apply to you, go through the FBI registration process online first, and then you go to a fingerprinting site. First, go here https://uenroll.identogo.com/ and enter the six-digit Service Code for DHS Volunteer, 1kg6zj. Then select the option to ‘Schedule or Manage Appointment’. Please read the instructions carefully throughout the process before entering your information. Fill in the choir's information for "Employer Name and Address" (Philadelphia Boys Choir, 1336 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123). Girls choir parents will also need to use the boys choir name, as that is the registered name of the entire organization. When it asks if you have an Authorization Code, select "no". After you are done selecting a document to bring to enrollment, make a note of it; you will need that document for the appointment. Make sure you schedule an appointment before leaving the website. Enter your zip code then click on the Search button to find IdentoGO locations near the zip code you entered. Select your desired location and click on the Next button. Choose a date and time or select Walk In. If a location near you doesn't have any available appointments in the next week, click on the arrow and you will have the option to schedule a later appointment. Once you are done, make sure to click on the Submit button on the bottom right of the screen. Please take note of the location and time of your appointment.

If you live in NJ or DE, you need to register online and get fingerprinted at a location in Philadelphia.

First, go here https://uenroll.identogo.com/ and enter the six-digit Service Code for DHS Volunteer, 1kg6zj. Then select the option to ‘Schedule or Manage Appointment’. Please read the instructions carefully throughout the process before entering your information. Fill in the choir's information for "Employer Name and Address" (Philadelphia Boys Choir, 1336 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123). Girls choir parents will also need to use the boys choir name, as that is the registered name of the entire organization. When it asks if you have an Authorization Code, select "no". After you are done selecting a document to bring to enrollment, make a note of it; you will need that document for the appointment. Make sure you schedule an appointment before leaving the website. Enter your zip code then click on the Search button to find IdentoGO locations near the zip code you entered. There are no NJ locations, so most likely the locations that show up will be in Philadelphia. Select your desired location and click on the Next button. Choose a date and time or select Walk In. If a location doesn't have any available appointments in the next week, click on the arrow and you will have the option to schedule a later appointment. Once you are done, make sure to click on the Submit button on the bottom right of the screen. Please take note of the location and time of your appointment.