Screening methods should include interviews, written information, personal contacts, references and criminal background checks. Please note that you must first obtain a signed permission form from the applicant to run a criminal background check. 

Once you have permission from the applicant, one option to run a local and state criminal background check is to contact your local law enforcement agency. They will provide you with information for each applicant for a fee that is not to exceed $20 per applicant. By Georgia law this background check will only include information concerning an applicant's criminal history in the state of Georgia. If the applicant has not been a Georgia resident for the last 5 years you should also obtain a national criminal background check from the FBI.

Recommended Online Screening Companies


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Secure Search - At SecureSearch their main priority is safety with integrity. They have provided a system that is compliant, easy to use, and produces highly accurate data, all while maintaining low prices. ChurchStaffing.com has partnered with Secure Search™ to bring you a trusted source to conduct thorough background checks on your staff and volunteers at pre-negotiated low prices.  For more information about Secure Search click here.

Regardless of which option you choose to run the background checks, all forms and reference reports should be kept as a part of an applicant's personnel file. The person responsible for the children or youth activity(ies) and/or their designee is responsible for reviewing and following up on each application prior to service.

Contact the Office of Connectional Ministries, 888-266-7642, for additional questions.