SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT? CALL CHILDLINE: 1-800-932-0313
Out of State Clearances

 

To obtain a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History clearance to provide to another state

To obtain clearances for emergency placements

  • Contact ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313

Note: Only children and youth agencies from other states can make an emergency request for placement clearances.

To obtain a child abuse history background clearance from another state

Note:  As per the Child Protective Law (CPSL):

  1. Any prospective foster or adoptive parent; and
  2. Any employee or volunteer of a child-day care center, group day-care home and family childcare home.

Who has resided outside of Pennsylvania in the last five (5) years are required to obtain child abuse clearances, or its equivalent, from each state in which the person has been a resident.

  1. If the state requires a request directly from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please complete the appropriate application, including a check or money order to pay the fee, and send it in the mail to:

ChildLine Verification Unit

ATTN: Out of State Background Checks

P.O. Box 8053

Harrisburg, PA 17105

  1. If the state requires the request come directly from the person themselves, please complete the appropriate application, including a check or money order to pay the fee, and send it directly to the address provided by that state.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the ChildLine Verification Unit at:  ra-pwchildlineoos@pa.gov.