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. Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to protect youth by passing CPIA now!

CPIA Advocacy Talking Points

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.