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Federal Criminal History Clearances for Relative/Neighbor Providers

Act 73 of 2007 amended Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to require child care providers to obtain Federal criminal history clearances. This Act assures Pennsylvania compliance with Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

OCDEL is requiring Relative/Neighbor providers, through Act 73, to have a one-time Federal criminal history clearance at application. (Only the Relative/Neighbor provider, not household members must comply.)

  • Relative/Neighbor Providers must participate in Federal Criminal History Clearances along with Federal fingerprinting prior to caring for children. Providers are responsible to pay $27.50 for the Federal Fingerprinting. This is a one-time fee provided that the RELATIVE/NEIGHBOR does not let their Care Check (state clearances) expire or run out. If they renew their Care Check every two years, no new fingerprints, no new fee will be needed. If the provider lets their Care Check expire and want to renew it in the future they will be treated as a brand new provider and will have to reapply, pay the $27.50, and be fingerprinted again.
  • The Relative/Neighbor provider must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Walk in service without prior registration will not be provided at any fingerprinting location. Relative/Neighbor providers must register with Cogent Systems and pay this $27.50 fee to Cogent before they have a face to face meeting or agreement with our office. To register, find a list of Cogent fingerprinting sites, or to get additional info on what to bring bring to have the fingerprint scan completed can be found on the Cogent website: www.pa.cogentid.com or by calling 888-439-2486.
  • The applicant's scanned fingerprints will be electronically transmitted to the FBI as required by federal statute and to the Pennyslvania State Police. DPW will receive the Federal Criminal History Record from the FBI and the PA State Police. DPW's Background Check Unit through ChildLine and Abuse Registry will interpret any findings in relation to crimes listed in the CPSL and will return the Federal Criminal History Record to the applicant. Advise CCIS immediately of receipt of Federal Criminal History Results and schedule a face-to-face visit.
State Clearances for Relative/Neighbor Providers

CareCheck, implemented in July 2001, requires Relative/Neighbor providers to complete child abuse and State criminal history clearances every 2 years. After the provider has received the Federal Criminal History Results, immediately call CCIS to set up a face-to-face meeting, the provider will need to sign the Care Check application for the state and a provider agreement. There is no fee for this check. The Care Check needs to be re-done every 2 years. If 2 years have lapsed and it is not renewed, you will be treated as a new provider and will have to reapply, including the Federal Fingerprinting.

CCIS WILL NOT PAY FOR CARE if the Relative/Neighbor provider does not comply with the requirement or if the Relative/Neighbor provider does not submit acceptable Federal criminal clearance results.

Parents should have a back-up option in case the Relative/Neighbor does not follow through in a timely manner.

 


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