Completing a Background Check for Advoz

Advoz expects all volunteers to adhere to a statement of ethics and confidentiality and submit two background checks every three years: 1) a criminal background check and 2) child abuse clearance. Please note that a criminal record is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and does not necessarily disqualify an applicant from applying. Here are the steps:

  1. Fill out, sign and send this ETHICS & CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT click here (pdf) and send to Office@advoz.org or 8 N. Queen St., #210, Lancaster, PA 17603.
  2. BACKGROUND CHECKS: the following background checks are required for Advoz staff and volunteers: 1) criminal background check and 2) child abuse clearance. Both can be filled out online using the links below. if you prefer to print and mail these, click here for both forms. Fill out a criminal background check:
    1. If you have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10+ years, fill out a PA STATE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK by clicking here.
      • Click <NEW RECORD CHECK> for Volunteers Only
      • You will be taken to a page of information. At the bottom, check the box and “accept.” Follow instructions from there.
      • Click on “Certification Form” which will generate a document.
      • Should the Status show “Pending,” there may be a backlog requiring you to check back at a later time. A request should not remain in pending status for more than 24 hours. If it does, call the PATCH Help Line at 1-888-783-7972.
    2. If you have lived outside of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years, register for an FBI background check appointment, including fingerprinting, at www.Identogo.com or call 1-844-321-2101 and listen to the options menu.
      • Cost is $23.85 for Advoz Employees (Service code 1KG756) and $22.60 for Volunteers (Service code 1KG6ZJ).
      • See FBI Fingerprinting (pa.gov) for more information.
      • A prior clearance is acceptable dated in the last three years.
  3. CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE CHECK can be filled out here.
    • Under Online Submission, click the embedded link
    • If you have already completed this, click in the Child Welfare Portal, if not, select CREATE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT
    • You will be prompted to create a unique username (“Keystone ID”).  Fill out all fields.

Save and send completed forms either via Email as a PDF document to Office@advoz.org, or print and mail to 8 N. Queen St., #210, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Feel free to contact us at Office@advoz.org or (717) 397-2404 with any questions. We can also send additional instructions.