Pre-Employment Information

All new Employees will need to complete Criminal, FBI and Child Abuse Clearances before starting. The instructions for completing these Clearances are as follows:

Clearance Instructions

Child Abuse Clearance:

  1. Navigate your web browser to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home and either log in or create an Individual Account
  2. Complete the form application, marking “foster care” as reason for application. Be certain to provide all information requested. Failure to provide all information will prolong the process significantly.
  3. Once logged in, click on “Create Clearance Application” and complete the Application.
  4. During the Application, you will choose your delivery method. Please choose electronic delivery for faster verification.
  5. Print the Clearance Certificate and provide it to your supervisor.

Criminal Clearance:

  1. Navigate your web browser to: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
  2. Select “Submit a New Record Check”. The record check is $8.00 payable by credit/debit card.
  3. Review the information and if agreeable, select “Accept”
  4. Provide information according to prompts. “Reason for Record Check” select “Foster Care”.
  5. At the end, you will be able to print a certificate. Please make note of your CONTROL NUMBER and the date you submitted the request. This will allow you to access the clearance at a later date if necessary.
  6. Provide a copy of the clearance to your supervisor.

FBI Clearance:

  1. Navigate your web browser to: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm. You want to make sure you are completing the clearance for the Department of Public Welfare.
  2. Select register online and follow prompts. When registering, there is a fee of $25.75 payable by credit/debit card. Reason for the request is “Foster Care”
  3. At the end, you will need to make record of your registration number (take a picture, print the number, e mail it, take a screen shot, etc.).
  4. Identify the closest finger printing location. You can find locations at https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpw.htm. Please note the hours of the locations and that some locations are by appointment only.
  5. When going to have your finger prints taken you will need government issued identification and the registration number. If you wish to obtain a receipt that your prints were taken, it will cost you $1.00 at the finger print site.
  6. Your clearance form will be mailed to your house. As soon as you receive the form, please show your supervisor the original clearance. Your supervisor may then make a copy, but MUST view the original for it to be valid.

Drug Screenings

C.A.R.E.S is a drug free work place and required pre-employment drug screening at the following locations:

St. Luke’s Care Now
Directions
Walk-In Clinic
Address: 1104 North St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone:(570) 325-2400
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

MedExpress
Walk in Clinic
Address: 6998 Crider Road, Mars, PA 16046
Phone: 724‐778‐3627
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

MedExpress
1613 North Atherton St, Suite B
State College, PA 16803

Pre-Employment Form