Background Checks

Critical Legislation to Protect Mentees through Affordable and Timely Background Checks

Legislative Goal:

To secure passage for the Child Protection Improvements Act in the House and Senate.

This bill would create a permanent successor to MENTOR's SafetyNET, which has now ended, provided mentoring organizations with access to nationwide FBI fingerprint searches of potential volunteers at a cost of $18 and with a turnaround time of between three and five days. This legislation addresses inadequacies within the current background check system, which include: lack of access to nationwide checks, high cost and an often-lengthy response time.

Child Protection Improvements Act Fact Sheet

CPIA Support Letter to U.S. House

CPIA Support Letter to U.S. Senate

SafetyNET Fact Sheet

Legislative Milestones :

This bipartisan bill has gained support during previous congressional sessions and has reached numerous legislative milestones:

2012: The Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) was once again introduced and it passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

2011: Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced this bipartisan legislation in the Senate (S. 645) and Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Mike Rogers (R-MI) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) introduced the identical bill in the House (HR 1360).

2010: The Child Protection Improvements Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 413-4.

2009: Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced a new version of the Child Protection Improvements Act in the Senate (S. 1598). Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN), John Ensign (R-NV), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Arlen Specter (D-PA), David Vitter (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are also original cosponsors of the Senate bill.

S. 1598 was endorsed by many youth-serving organizations including: A World Fit for Kids; After-School All-Stars; Afterschool Alliance; American Camp Association; America's Promise Alliance; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Communities In Schools, Inc.; First Focus; The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network; Lutheran Services in America; MENTOR; National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies; National Collaboration for Youth; National Foster Care Coalition; and YMCA of the USA.

Earlier in 2009, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Mike Rogers (R-MI) and John Conyers (D-MI) introduced the Child Protection Improvements Act (H.R. 1469) in the House.