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Suspect abuse? Report it! 
Call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. 

Mandated reporters: Report electronically 


Get a Clearance

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:

Clearances from other states

Only a requirement for any prospective foster or adoptive parent who has resided outside of Pennsylvania in the last five (5) years.


Certified Child Care Only

Verification 

Only a requirement for employees and volunteers of child day-care centers, group day-care homes or family child-care homes.

Note: All Megan’s Law registrant information is submitted to the National Sex Offender Registry and is covered by the National Sex Offender Registry Check.


 Suspect Child Abuse? Call Childline: 1-800-932-0313