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December 16, 2015 Return to News & Events

Caregiver and Volunteer Background Checks

As December begins to fade and the year comes to an end many people reflect on the year just past. Friends and family age, growing slowly older with each turn of the calendar. And there are new additions as life renews and new members of the family join the world.

In this time of reflection it is important to remember how important the protection of at-risk populations - the young and the elderly - remains.

With each new birth there is a responsibility to protect a child, one that comes naturally to parents and family members. Yet lives are increasingly busy and the need for childcare becomes apparent. Daycare, in-home care, and babysitters are all utilized in fulfilling the needs of a child while parents are away at work or school.

One protection that must be utilized in caring for a child that is placed into the care of someone other than a parent is a caregiver background check. This important tool can be utilized by parents to get the information they require to make an informed decision about an individual that is either self-employed or part of an organization or business. Background checks, when properly utilized and conducted by experienced third-party providers, can be extremely beneficial.

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of states: "Caring for at-risk populations is critical. Both our young and elderly deserve the best care in the safest environment. Background screening can greatly assist with creating that safe environment."

Caregivers, both paid and volunteer, should be thoroughly screened. Some of the information or public records to be reviewed might include:

  • Criminal History Report
    • Drawn from county courthouses, a criminal history report provides the most current information available on a given individual.
  • Social Security Records Trace
    • Provides information on the county of an individual's recent recorded residence.  This informs which county a criminal history report should be drawn from.
    • Also provides any verification of AKAs.
  • Sexual Predator Registry
    • Self-explanatory but should be noted that there are state and national registries to review.
  • DMV Report
    • Important should a caregiver provide transportation to those being cared for.
  • Employment Verification and/or Reference Review
    • Often times the best information comes from a reference but there should be several. A single reference may not provide a broad enough view of an individual's past.

Requirements for background screening for adult at-risk individuals is similar to those for children and infants. Information drawn should provide a broad enough picture to allow for a well informed decision. Additional reviews may include a consumer credit report and/or education verification.

Protecting at-risk populations is an important task. Every day kids come into contact with adults that are there to provide a service and are entrusted with caring for that child, but parents need to know as much as possible about the individual providing care. Coaches, tutors, instructors, nursery school teachers, and others come into contact with at-risk populations on a daily basis and without the protection of a criminal background check risk may be involved. is a third-party background screening company that can provide access to facts and information regarding individuals entrusted with the care of children and the elderly. With a highly trained staff, can provide the data needed to make a well informed decision.  


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