Starting Spring 2016 Term, families are not able to register for classes unless there is a copy of your clearances on file.
Since PALS is an all-volunteer organization, please remember that each and every adult that attends needs to have their Child Abuse Clearance and PA State Police Criminal Record Check. All links and information to get those clearances can be found at http://dhs.pa.gov/publications/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/index.htm
If you have NOT lived in Pennsylvania for at least 10 years, you are also required to provide us with an FBI Criminal Background Check. If you have already obtained a FBI Criminal Background check since the time that you moved to Pennsylvania, you may provide us with a copy of that. If you have never obtained an FBI Criminal Background check, please use the link below for IDEMIA Fingerprinting Applicant Registration. Choose Digital Fingerprinting and Enter the code 1KG6ZJ for DHS Volunteer. https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania
If you have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 10 years, you will sign a waiver on the first day of classes. Signing this waiver affirms that you have lived in PA for at least 10 years and have not been convicted of a felony or any crime that would preclude volunteering with children in the last 5 years.
Once you have received your clearances, email a pdf copy of them to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be kept in strict confidentiality. Your privacy is our utmost concern. Any volunteer that has clearances on file with PALS does not need to submit another copy unless your clearances have expired. Clearances are good for 5 years, except the FBI Clearance Check, which you are not required to renew if you provide us with a written affirmation that you have lived continuously in Pennsylvania since you obtained the previous FBI Clearance Check and have not been convicted of a felony or any crime that would preclude volunteering with children since the date of your last FBI Clearance Check.
If you are not sure if PALS has a copy of your clearances, please contact Ann at email@example.com.
(Updated February 1, 2018)