Good Shepherd Parish is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, especially our children and youth. All volunteers must be in compliance with all regulations of both the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We know there's a lot to do and it can seem complicated and we GREATLY appreciate your patience and willingness to comply with the regulations to help keep our young people as safe as possible.
We hope that these steps help put an end to child abuse in our community.
For any questions about these requirements, please contact :
Volunteer Child Safety Coordinator
Email: Kathy Karchner
or the Director of Faith Formation
Email: Margie Meyers
Please print and complete these forms, then return to the Parish Office:
These should include:
-Volunteer Cover Sheet
-Volunteer Disclosure Form
-Ministry Reference Form
-Employee/Volunteer's Code of Conduct
-Criminal Background Check Form <--only needed if you have been a PA resident for 10 years and/or have not completed another National Background Check
-Employee/Volunteer Application Form
Please register and then complete the online training. Upon successful completion, print the certificate and turn in a copy to the Parish Office. This training normally takes approximately one hour.
Read more about the policies of our Diocese at the link below:
Policies for Youth Protection Manual (read only)
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA REQUIREMENTS:
The clearances listed below, mandated by the Commonwealth of PA, are required for ALL organizations that involve work with children and youth. If you have already applied for and received these state clearances, you do not need to re-do them.
Please turn in copies of all certificates of completion/clearances to the Parish Office as soon as you can.
Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance
Free for volunteers. Normally takes a “few” days-2 weeks to receive clearance. Copy of the Certificate must be given for Good Shepherd's Volunteer File.
Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Clearance
Free for volunteers. You will need your SSN#, name and address. Response with certificate could be immediate or take 1-2 days. Copy of the Certificate must be given for Good Shepherd's Volunteer File
( This clearance is required for all employees. It is also required for all adult (over 18) volunteers who work with young people who have not lived in the state of Pennsylvania for 10 consecutive years.
- If you have lived in the state of Pennsylvania for 10 years or more, you do not need to complete this clearance, which requires fingerprinting.)
- If you already have a current national criminal background check required for your employment or another volunteer position, please just give us a copy of that clearance.
- This clearance, if needed, will replace the National Background Check required by the Diocese.
To complete this clearance, please go to:
Cost of Clearance is $25.75 for Volunteers. Credit Card is need for online registration.
When you register, you will be issued a paper with a record number. Take that paper to a fingerprinting site (listed below) for a digital scan of your fingerprints. You will receive FBI National Clearance in 10 days - 5 weeks. You will receive your clearance in the mail and a copy must be turned into the office at Good Shepherd.
Fingerprinting Sites in State College, PA:
· UPS STORES – Hamilton Ave and Colonnade Way
· PENN STATE – University Police – Eisenhower Deck
FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS THESE CLEARANCES MUST BE ON FILE AT GOOD SHEPHERD
BEFORE VOLUNTEER BEGINS MINISTRY WITH CHILDREN.
The state child abuse clearance and state and national criminal background checks must be renewed every 5 years.
Online training – on Mandated Reporting
This training is required for employees, catechists and volunteers who may have regular and direct contact with young people
Found at: www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu
This training will take three hours to fully complete. It may be completed in more than one sitting.
Upon completion, please print the certificate and turn in a copy to Good Shepherd Parish Office.
Reasonable suspicion of Child Abuse must be reported directly to:
Childline: (800) 932-0313
For more on mandated reporting see:
If any volunteer suspects any child involved at Good Shepherd is a victim of child abuse, we request that these suspicions ALSO be reported to the Pastor and/or the Director of Faith Formation.