Since PALS is an all-volunteer organization, please remember that each and every adult needs to have their Child Abuse Clearance and PA State Police Criminal Record Check BEFORE the beginning of the Fall Term (September 9th, 2015). Governor Wolf has waived the fees for any volunteers working with children starting July 25th.  All links and information to get your clearances can be found at…/childabusehistoryclearancefor…/.

To see the press release in which Governor Wolf discusses the new fee structure, go to…/Governor…/stories/201506100202.

If you have NOT lived in Pennsylvania for at least 10 years, you are also required to obtain an FBI Criminal Background Check.

 If you are an OUTSIDE TEACHER (do not have children in the program, but teach at PALS) you are required to have an FBI Criminal Background Check. The cost is $27.50 and you will need to be fingerprinted.

Once you have received your clearances, bring a copy to the first day of classes or email to They will be kept in strict confidentiality. Your privacy is our utmost concern. Any volunteer that has clearances on file with PALS does not need to resubmit another copy unless your clearances have expired. Clearances are good for 3 years. If you are not sure if PALS has a copy of your clearances, please contact Joanne at

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