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Child Abuse Clearance Fees Waived for Volunteers
The General Assembly has taken a number of steps in recent years to help prevent child abuse and neglect, including passing new laws to require child abuse clearances and criminal background checks for anyone who is responsible for the welfare of a child. This requirement goes into effect on July 1.
Unfortunately, this requirement created a financial burden on some of the volunteer organizations that provide special services and programs for young people. I am pleased to announce that Governor Wolf recently agreed to waive child abuse clearance fees for volunteers. In addition, the fee will be reduced for all other applicants from $10 to $8. The solution mirrors legislation that had already been introduced in the General Assembly.
These actions are the result of a great deal of cooperation between the Wolf Administration and legislators from both sides of the aisle, and I am thankful that this cooperative effort led to a positive outcome on behalf of the men and women who generously donate their time and effort to improve the lives of young people.
Additional information about clearances required under the
Child Protective Services Law are available at
Senate Box 203036