This week, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Children, Youth and Families requested widespread distribution of information regarding the application for Child Abuse History Certification (Clearance) for volunteer and non-volunteer purposes. The term “clearance” has been changed in the law to “certification”.
Individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification can apply, and if applicable, pay online. Applying for your Child Abuse History Certification online expedites the application process and provides the applicant with their results electronically. DHS strongly encourages applicants to apply for their Child Abuse History Certification electronically as this streamlines the process and makes it more efficient for the applicants.
For applicants who prefer to apply for their Child Abuse History Certification by paper, DHS will continue to accept paper applications. Submitting a paper application takes additional time to process.
For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for non-volunteer purposes, the fee has been reduced to $8. DHS will be issuing refunds for overpayment of fees for those applications that were submitted after July 25, 2015. For applications submitted with an overpayment prior to July 25, 2015, no refund will be issued.
For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for volunteer purposes, the fee has been waived and no payment is required. For those applicants submitting payment with an application for volunteer purposes, the application will be processed and the payment will be returned.
For more information and to apply, click here.