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OCYF Issues Adam Walsh Act Guidance
January 2, 2008

On December 18, 2007, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell signed House Bill 1961, PN 2832 into law. This amendment to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), known as Act 73 of 2007, is effective January 1 for prospective foster and adoptive parents and adult persons living in those homes and July 1 for prospective child care service employees and self-employed family day care providers. Act 73 brings Pennsylvania into compliance with federal legislation, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Attached is the draft bulletin outlining policy and procedure regarding additional Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and child abuse clearance requirements. The bulletin contains a link to the web site related to these clearances.

Foster and Adoptive Families
Beginning January 2 this procedure should be followed for all prospective foster and adoptive applicants and adult household members. Pay particular attention to the verification of identification section of the procedure to ensure that applicants will be able to provide the acceptable forms of identification.

Staff of Child Serving Agencies
As of July 1 prospective child care service employees will be required to submit for a federal criminal record check through the FBI as a condition of employment. Prospective employees are currently required to submit for child abuse record checks through the Department of Public Welfare and state criminal record checks through the Pennsylvania State Police.

On January 3, 2008, the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) provided the followiong additional information:
Please be advised that the telephone registration line contained in the draft bulletin (1-888-439-2512) is the actually the registration line for the state of Georgia. The correct telephone registration line for Pennsylvania is 1-888-439-2486.

Leadership from the Office of Children, Youth and Families and Cogent Systems will attend the March 18 PCPA Children’s Committee meeting to review and discuss these changes in the CPSL and the status of the application system.

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