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KidsSafe

A child protection program

In addition to church staff, elders and paid childcare workers, all volunteers serving in Kids, Youth, Short-Term Missions and Security Ministries must be KidsSafe certified.

KidsSafe procedures for volunteers:

  1. Print and complete the KidsSafe Application. Return the application to the church office.
  2. Read the KidsSafe Handbook.
  3. Attend a KidsSafe Training held monthly at Riverstone Church. (Visit our events page for dates.)
  4. Complete a Criminal Record Check online at the PA Access to Criminal History (PATCH) website.
  5. Complete a Child Abuse History Clearance online at the PA Department of Human Services website. (New Applicants must first create an individual account on the Child Welfare Portal. Past Applicants must log into the Child Welfare Portal.) Answers to FAQ about using the portal can be found here.
  6. If you have been a resident of PA for over 10 consecutive years, you do not need a FBI Fingerprint Clearance but must print and sign the Statement of Volunteer form and return it to the church office. All other volunteers must complete a FBI Fingerprint Clearance. Visit IdentGO Fingerprint Services to receive instructions and locations for fingerprinting. Use code 1KG6ZJ.
  7. Submit all reports and/or certificates to the church office. It is suggested that you make a copy for yourself to keep in your files.

KidsSafe procedures for paid childcare providers:

  1. Print and complete the KidsSafe Application. Return the application to the church office.
  2. Read the KidsSafe Handbook.
  3. Attend a KidsSafe Training held monthly at Riverstone Church. (Visit our events page for dates.)
  4. Complete a Criminal Record Check online at the PA Access to Criminal History (PATCH) website.
  5. Complete a Child Abuse History Clearance online at the PA Department of Human Services website. (New Applicants must first create an individual account on the Child Welfare Portal. Past Applicants must first log into the Child Welfare Portal.) Answers to FAQ about using the portal can be found here.
  6. Complete a FBI fingerprint clearance. Visit IdentGO Fingerprint Services to receive instructions and locations for fingerprinting. Paid childcare providers use code1KG738. Employees of Riverstone Church use code 1KG756.
  7. Complete the Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training on a desktop computer. This course can not be taken on a mobile device, including cell phones, Ipads, tablets, etc. This training takes approximately 3-6 hours to complete. Follow the online instructions.
  8. Submit all reports and/or certificates to the church office. It is suggested that you make a copy for yourself to keep in your files.

If you have any questions or concerns about KidsSafe, please contact kidsafe@riverstone.church.