serving with minors

Church of the Saviour welcomes and values the dedication and service of our countless volunteers, without whom our ministries could not be sustained. Specifically, we thank the volunteers who unselfishly give of their time and talents to shepherd and love our children, and take to heart what Jesus said in Matthew 19:14: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Pennsylvania Child Protective Services laws mandate specific clearances for adults who are individually responsible for the welfare of a minor or have “direct volunteer contact with children” (care, supervision, guidance or control of children, and have regular and repeated interaction with children that is integral to a person’s volunteer responsibility).

Why are clearances necessary? 
It is the law and as followers of Christ we are called to obey it (Romans 13:1). It also deters potential predators from access to our children, while protecting our children, volunteers and Church of the Saviour.

How often must I renew my clearances? 
Currently, the law requires that all clearances be no older than 60 months (5 years).

For assistance with any forms or answers to questions, please contact:
  • James Mazzone | Business Director | 610.688.6338 ext.233
  • Cindy Casey | Finance Director/Notary* | 610.688.6338 ext.204

Please click below for detailed instructions on each of the below clearances.

Clearance One: PA State Police

Please wait for clearance to complete and be prepared to print when selecting “Certificate Form.”
For assistance, contact 1-888-QUERY-PA (1-888-783-7972)

Clearance Two: PA Child Abuse History

Clearance Three: FBI Criminal History (fingerprint)

(for those who have not been a PA resident for the last 10 consecutive years)

Cost: $22.60
Registration must be completed online. For registration assistance, contact HR. You must have registration form and government-issued ID to be fingerprinted; see website for locations.

If you have been a PA resident for 10 consecutive years, you have the option to sign an affidavit in the presence of a notary instead of getting fingerprinted. To complete the affidavit, please make an appointment with Cindy Casey (Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and bring a photo ID.

Signed Policy: Church of the Saviour Child Safety Policy

In addition to the above clearances we ask all volunteers to sign the below Child Safety Policy that includes the written guidelines for all child workers and volunteers serving at Church of the Saviour.

Recommended: Mandated Reporter Training

Most individuals working with minors at Church of the Saviour are considered by the state of Pennsylvania to be Mandated Reporters. Mandated Reporters are held to a higher standard of responsibility and there can be serious consequences when they don't report suspected abuse. Therefore, to equip you appropriately, we highly recommend watching the following online Mandated Reporter Training provided by Penn State Hershey’s Center for the Protection of Children. This video training is free and is also Act 31-approved. Upon successful completion, you will be provided a certificate that you can submit to the church. Note: during the registration process, you can leave the "PA Keys Registration" field blank.

Ways to Submit Clearances and Forms to Church of the SAviour

  • Mail: 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087, Attn: HR Department
  • Fax: 610.964.7893 (please include cover page with "Attn: HR Department")
  • Scan & email: clearances@coswayne.org
  • In person: Bring to the church office in Building B, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Church lobby: Place in the locked offering collection box in Building A (in sealed envelope marked "HR Department")