Clearances and Mandated Reporter Training

Have you applied?

This information is for individuals who have indicated volunteer interest and completed an application. We recommend completing these steps before obtaining clearances.

Criminal Background Clearances

Volunteers are required to submit (3) different criminal history background clearances before beginning their volunteer duties. The three (3) clearances, which must all be current (within 4 years), include:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Access To Criminal History (PATCH) Check
  • FBI Criminal History Background Check

SVCASA will also run a National Sexual Offender Registry (NSOR) clearance.

For active CASA volunteers, background clearances are required to be updated every 4 years.

As part of the requirements of becoming a volunteer, you must complete the mandated reporter training. The training requires 3 hours to complete, but you do not have to complete it all at one time. Once you have completed the training, you will receive a certificate of completion. That certificate needs to be sent to our office to be added to your volunteer file. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. This training must be completed once every five (5) years.

Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center

         Sample PATCH Clearance:          Sample Child Abuse Clearance:          Sample Fingerprint Clearance: