Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day
Step 1: CEF® Required Paperwork
To begin the clearance process, complete the following forms provided by CEF of Lancaster.
Step 2: Required PA Criminal Background Check
Go to: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp and choose New Record Check, Volunteers Only. When complete, print two copies of the certification form (with PA State seal in the background). Give one copy to CEF of Lancaster and keep one for yourself.
Step 3: Required PA Child Abuse Clearance
NOTE: In order to complete this application, you will need to have the addresses of every place you have lived and the names of everyone with whom you have lived since 1975 (e.g. parents, siblings, children, roommates, etc).
Go to: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home and click on Create Individual Account to create a login. Save your login information. Log in and follow the prompts. Results may take up to two weeks. Once you receive your results, print two copies – give one copy to CEF of Lancaster and keep the other copy for yourself.
NOTE: If you experience technical difficulties, call CWIS Tech Support directly at 1-877-343-0494.
Step 4: Required PA Residency Form OR FBI Fingerprint Check
If you have resided in Pennsylvania for a minimum of 10 consecutive years, complete the PA Residency Form provided by CEF of Lancaster and submit it to our office.
If you have not resided in Pennsylvania for at least 10 consecutive years, you must obtain an FBI fingerprint clearance. Go to: https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania
- Click on Digital Fingerprinting.
- Enter this volunteer service code: 1KG6ZJ
- Click Schedule or Manage Appointment.
- Complete all required information. (Payment is required on-line.)
- Choose which document you will bring as a form of ID from the drop-down list.
- Select the location where you will go to get fingerprinted. (See back for locations.)
- Schedule appointment.
When you receive the copy of your results, bring it to the CEF office and we will make a copy for our files. We will reimburse you if you bring an approved background check along with a copy of your receipt. Clearances must be renewed every five (5) years.
Area IdentoGO Locations
601 S. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
10 S. Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Monday 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
300 E. Seventh Avenue, York, PA 17404
Monday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata, PA 17522
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
96 Commerce Drive, Wyomissing, PA 19610
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AND 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
814 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380
Monday-Friday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. AND 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
How Can I Get Involved?
There are several opportunities to be involved with a Good News Club. You can pray for the children and teachers in the club. Become a club teacher or helper by contacting your local chapter and asking about training and opportunities.