The Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) is modeled after the successful “SafetyNET” Child Safety pilot that provided mentoring organizations with direct access to national FBI fingerprint checks of volunteers at a low cost and with a swift turnaround time. Currently, only half of states provide access to national FBI fingerprint checks to mentoring programs and other youth-serving organizations. Programs without access are left to choose between often costly screenings offered through private companies or skip a national FBI fingerprint check altogether.
MENTOR recommends including a national FBI check as part of a comprehensive screening of all potential volunteers wishing to work with children. For this reason, we strongly support CPIA.
Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to protect youth by passing CPIA now!
Read the letters in full and additional CPIA documents below.
Curious about the background check laws in your state? The American Camp Association has a resource that shows whether or not FBI criminal background checks are required for volunteers and the amount for processing these checks. To complete a search, enter your state and identify the row titled “State Allows FBI Checks”. Information is updated annually.ACA Search