HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.
In 2014, 23 pieces of legislation were enacted including Act 153 of 2014, changing how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. These changes significantly impacted the reporting, investigation, assessment, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases.
"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:
· Child care service employees;
· Foster parents and adult household members;
· Prospective adoptive parents and adult household members;
· Individuals 14 year of age or older applying for a paid position as an employee responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children;
· Any individual seeking or provide child-care services under contract with a child-care facility or program;
· School employees governed by public school code and those not governed by the public school code (colleges and universities).
For DHS, the total number of clearances received was 512,583 since the electronic system went live in late December 2014 through May 31, 2015. The PSP processed 828,579 Criminal History Record Checks from January through May of 2015.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan, 717-783-1116
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor