Children's Ministries & Volunteer Screening

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church has a moral and civic duty to protect the children and youth entrusted to its care.  The church is committed to providing a safe worship and educational environment to help children and youth learn to love and follow Jesus Christ.  According to the Church Manual, Edition 18, pp 168-169, "Everyone involved in work with children who are minors must meet all Church and legal standards and requirements".

On October 22, 2014 House Bill 435 (PN 4225) was signed into law becoming PA Act 153 effective 12/31/2014.  This has caused major changes in the way that we are now required, by law, to process volunteers.  Please see the Department of Human Services Frequently Asked Questions list for more information on requirements.

The Pennsylvania Conference of SDA has established business accounts with the Department of Human Services, PA State Police Criminal Record repository and Cogent Systems (FBI Fingerprinting).  There is no out of pocket expense to the Volunteer.  Please be sure to fill out these forms completely.

Background Check Authorization & Disclosure Form/English
Declaración y Autorización – Verificación de Antecedentes
The PA Conference has created business accounts with Cogent Systems (FBI Fingerprinting) and the PA State Police Criminal Record repository.  Please complete the Background Check Authorization & Disclosure Form so that we may order/register these two clearances for you.  If fingerprinting is required, we will contact the volunteer with the registration number as well as a list of fingerprinting locations in the volunteers area.  You must have the registration number with you in order to be fingerprinted.

FBI Waiver Form/English

Exención para las huellas dactilares del FBI
If you have been a continuous resident in the state of Pennsylvania for the last 10 years and have not been convicted of any of the crimes listed on the form, you may fill out the Waiver and not be required to complete an FBI Fingerprinting.

Child Abuse Clearance/English
Certificado de Antecedentes de Abuso de Menores de Pensilvania

This form must be completed by the volunteer.  The form asks for where you have lived and who you have lived with since 1975.  If a volunteer was born after 1975, please provide information from Birth - To Present.  Please do not neglect to provide this information.  Otherwise we will have to return the forms to the volunteer for more information.  Please fill out and mail or fax to the PA Conference at the address listed below.


Diane Reese - Volunteers
720 Museum Road
Reading PA 19611
Fax:  610-374-9331
Questions:  610-374-8331 ext 248

Last update: 3/31/2016




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