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Volunteers Should Always Pass a Vigorous Background Check; Opines

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Volunteers Should Always Pass a Vigorous Background Check; Opines

Soon the dog days of summer will pass and the comforting coolness of fall will take over. Across the country hundreds of thousands of children will return to school.

And as school commences after-school programs will and offer a broad spectrum of activities: From athletics to art programs volunteers will be the primary engines of these activities.

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of offers a comment: “As kids return to school and participate in after-school sports or arts programs thousands of volunteers will work as coaches, instructors, or a myrid of other occupations. In order to keep at-risk populations as safe as possible, all volunteers should pass a background check.”

Volunteers will always remain a critical part of after-school events and activities, and background screening may act as a deterrent to malfeasant individuals.

Almeida adds: “If all potential coaches, instructors, and related volunteers are aware of a background check as part of a vigorous background vetting, the actual background check itself acts as a barrier to potential predators and troublemakers.”

In Carmel, Indiana a volunteer swim coach was recently arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. FOX59 from Indianapolis covered the story:

“An assistant swim coach at Carmel High School faces federal charges after prosecutors say he had sex with one of his athletes.

… is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. U.S. Marshals took him into custody Tuesday. A detention hearing is set for July 10.” (1)

A recent article on provides some horrifying detail regarding the potential of predators interacting with children.

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

“Child sexual predators are looking for places where they have easy access to children,” … said.

And that’s just one reason she says anyone working with kids needs a background check. (2)

Almeida adds: “A background check needs to cover a variety of areas of an individual’s past. Criminal Background History, National Records, DMV Record, and related all provide a greater picture of an applicant.”

Recently, a school district engaged a convicted felon working as a volunteer. When parents discovered the volunteer’s past their outrage prompted concern regarding the school districts background screening policy.

From (Jun 12, 18):

They're raising questions about the district's system for checking the backgrounds of volunteers — which the district says was upgraded years ago after former volunteers, some with questionable backgrounds, faced legal trouble — and the level to which the schools and district investigate volunteers before allowing them to work with students. (3)

Almeida states: “A best practice for any organization or institution utilizing volunteers is to conduct the most comprehensive background screening possible, as well as working with a well-qualified third-party employment screening agency.” is a third-party background screening company that can assist any organization or group with background screening of employed or volunteer camp counselors or employees. With access to numerous current and robust databases, as well as to county court records, can provide the most current, up-to-date, and reliable information available.

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