The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires certain individuals to obtain clearances in order to be employed, be a resource parent (foster or adoptive), or be a volunteer with children. The purpose for requiring clearances is to provide employers and those selecting volunteers with information to use as a part of a larger decision-making process when determining whether to hire someone as an employee or select them as a volunteer.
Clearances are required for an employee or unpaid volunteer at a minimum of every 60 months from the date of the oldest clearance. Clearances may be required more frequently based on licensure or employer requirements.
Agencies and organizations must ensure that clearances are obtained in accordance with the CPSL. The required clearances may include:
Only a requirement for employees and volunteers of child day-care centers, group day-care homes or family child-care homes.
Clearances from or from other states
Only a requirement for prospective adoptive parents, prospective foster parents, employees or volunteers of child-day care centers, employees or volunteers of group day-care homes, and employees or volunteers of family child-care homes.
Other Child Care Information
Types of clearances
Pennsylvania Child Abuse
Pennsylvania State Police
Federal Bureau of Investigation