Volunteer Application & Guide To Clearances

Instruction for Required Volunteer Clearances

As a way to help ensure the safety of the youth that we serve through the organization and in accordance with PA Act 153, Mom’s House of Lancaster requires that all employees and volunteers submit to background and child abuse checks. Clearances must initially be valid within one year of becoming involved with this organization. In accordance with organization policy, clearances must then be updated every two years as involvement continues.

1. PA Child Abuse History Clearance (one free check for volunteers every 5 years)

Go to Child Welfare Portal.

  • Select “Create Individual Account.”
  • Follow the instructions for processing your request.

Print two copies. Submit one to the Mom’s House and keep one for your records.

2. State Police PA Access to Criminal History (PATCH) Record (free for volunteers)

Go to PATCH Portal

  • Select “New Record Check.(Volunteers Only)
  • Accept the terms.
  • Follow the instructions for processing your request.

Check your results: sometimes it comes back right away with “no record,” other times you have to wait and check the status later.

When your status updates to “no record,” print two copies. Submit one to Mom’s House and keep one for your records.

3. IdentoGO Fingerprinting: FBI Background Check ($23)

Register with IdentoGO

  • Go to the website.
  • Agency Service Code: 1KG6ZJ (volunteer use only)
  • Click “Schedule or Manage Appointment” and follow the instructions for processing your request.
  • Print and submit the confirmation page to Mom’s House as a placeholder until you receive your record.

Get fingerprinted

  • Ask for a receipt that shows proof of fingerprinting. Submit to Mom’s House.
  • Lancaster Location 601 S. Queen Street (Community Action Partnership)
  • Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.

Show Mom’s House the original hard copy for approval (mailed 2-4 weeks after appointment).

4. TB Test & Physical by Physican, PA, or CRNP

  • Print attached form, Child Care Staff Health Assessment
  • Fill in info Select  Other – describe below:
  • Write Volunteering
  • Receive Physical & Mantox Test
  • Return to HealthCare Provider in 3 days to have Mantax read by the Physician, PA, or CRNP.
  • Have them complete form

Submitting Your Application & Clearances

Electronic Submission

If you are filling out the form please make sure you have all the documents ready for submission:

  1. Volunteer Application
  2. PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  3. PATCH Record
  4. TB Test & Physical (Child Care Staff Health Assessment)
  5. Please mail your IdentoGO Fingerprinting (FBI Background Check) results separately; we need the hard copy.

Mail-In Your Application

Mom’s House of Lancaster
P.O. Box 787
Lancaster PA 17608-787


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