Submit Background Clearances
Carefully read the instructions below to properly submit the clearances required to become a WRA volunteer.
Documents required for Adults (18 and up)
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance
- Child Abuse History Clearance
- Signed Disclosure Statement -or- an FBI Fingerprint-Based Records Check (instructions below)
Once obtained from their source, these documents are good for 5 years. Once expired, all adult volunteers are required to repeat the process outlined on this page.
How to obtain these 3 documents
Document 1: "Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History" Clearance
Volunteers can obtain this document online, at no cost, from PATCH (Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History). Once your application is completed and approved, a clearance document is immediately provided that can be saved as a PDF to your desktop device. In the event your clearance is marked as "pending," please do not upload. Wait until your clearance is officially approved, then submit the clearance to the WRA.
Document 2: "Child Abuse History" Clearance
Volunteers can obtain this document online, at no cost, from the PA Child Welfare Portal. This clearance document typically takes a few days to become available for download, once your application is approved.
Document 3: Signed Disclosure Statement or FBI Fingerprint-Based Record Check
If a Pennsylvania resident for 10 years or more, the third document adult volunteers need is a signed disclosure statement. Click the button below to download.
If a Pennsylvania resident for LESS than 10 years, an adult volunteer is instead required to obtain, as their third document, an FBI Fingerprint-Based Record Check. Visit the website for PA's Department of Human Services for more information. Use code 1KG6ZJ.
Ready to submit your clearances?
Once you have PDF copies of all three mandated documents, it's time to submit them to the WRA for review!
PRIVACY NOTICE: All information submitted to WRA, related to a volunteer’s clearances, will be considered confidential between that individual and the WRA Executive Board of Directors. Uploaded files are encrypted in storage and transmission to our Submission System with AES 256 SSL encryption. Our hosted solution maintains both SSAE-16 Type I and Type II attestations in conjunction with their auditor SSAE 16 Solutions.
The following offenses will disqualify any prospective volunteer:
These offenses under Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Code (relating to crimes and offenses), or of an offense similar in nature under the law or former laws of the United States or one of its territories or possessions, another state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a foreign nation, or under a former law of this Commonwealth:
- Chapter 25 (relating to criminal homicide)
- Section 2702 (relating to aggravated assault)
- Section 2709.1 (relating to stalking)
- Section 2901 (relating to kidnapping)
- Section 2902 (relating to unlawful restraint)
- Section 3121 (relating to rape)
- Section 3122.1 (relating to statutory sexual assault)
- Section 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse)
- Section 3124.1 (relating to sexual assault)
- Section 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault)
- Section 3126 (relating to indecent assault)
- Section 3127 (relating to indecent exposure)
- Section 4302 (relating to incest)
- Section 4303 (relating to concealing death of child)
- Section 4304 (relating to endangering welfare of children)
- Section 4305 (relating to dealing in infant children)
- A felony offense under section 5902(b) (relating to prostitution and related offenses)
- Section 5903(c) or (d) (relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances)
- Section 6301 (relating to corruption of minors)
- Section 6312 (relating to sexual abuse of children)
- The attempt, solicitation or conspiracy to commit any of the above offenses
WRA reserves the right to refuse any prospective volunter for any reason.
Under 18 and applying for a referee or other volunteer role?
Notice to Parents
The Kid Safe Program and Criminal Background Checks are valuable tools that the WRA and similar organizations use to help protect our children from dangerous people. However, these tools are not 100% fool proof and are not a guarantee. It remains your responsibility as a parent to supervise your children, to get to know the people working with your children, and to inform the nearest WRA coach, commissioner, committee chair, or the Police if you become aware of any behavior that you believe is inappropriate.
The PA Commonwealth has also created a portal for reporting purposes that you can access here.
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