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Ellen Lazo
Children's Ministries Director

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                                                                 The Pennsylvania Conference is committed to Children's Ministry and the protection of children in all aspects of ministry in churches and schools.

For compliance with all of the Child Protection requirements of the state of Pennsylvania, please see the following website:
To complete all required background checks, please complete these FORMS
We are directed in the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, 18th Edition, pages 168-169,
with the following instructions:       

         Safeguarding Children—Church should be a safe place to bring our children. Everyone involved with children who are minors must meet all Church and legal standards and requirements. In order to safeguard our children, churches are encouraged to adopt policies that would provide a measure of safety and protection for children. Such policies should include the following:

a. Two-Adult Policy—Have two adults present in children’s classrooms or activities.

b. Open Door—Discourage private or one-on-one contact and encourage an open-door policy in all situations. Where an open door is not possible, station a second adult at the door.

c. Volunteer Screening—Have all volunteers complete a volunteer information form, check their references, and, if required by law, do a police background check.

d. Six-Month Policy—Require a waiting period of six months for newly baptized or transferring members who have indicated a willingness to work with children.

e. Training—Provide regular training for teachers and volunteers to help them understand and protect children and how to nurture their faith.

Local church leaders should consult with the conference in order to ascertain conference procedures and requirements, including local legal requirements for individuals working with children.

Additional resources are available from Adventist Risk Management at

Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, 18th Edition, pages 168-169
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