Better Background Checks

Safety Done Right in Volunteer and Employee Management

Protect the people you care about with comprehensive background checks using advanced technology. ACS Technologies and Verified First are partnering to bring you this new, integrated solution because in today's world, it's never been this important to know exactly who is volunteering, serving, working, and caring for everyone in your church family.

 

This page has everything you need to know. Here are quick links to help.

We're partnering with Verified First to provide your church with the most comprehensive background checks available. You need to know the screening for key roles in your church is done right. Shortcuts in research or missing data is no longer acceptable. Your staff and volunteers need to be Verified First. Then you can be confident you're making the best decision in protecting your ministry...

 

#1. This leading, most comprehensive background check process verifies information in the top worldwide screening databases, including:

  • Nationwide criminal records
    Sex offender registries
    Interpol, terrorist & FBI watch lists
    Alias searches if requested
    Valid issuance of Social Security Numbers
  • Death index
    Driving records
    Education & employment verifications
    County-level records
    Credit check

 

By using this better background check service, you'll now be able to:

Track the date background checks were processed
Send background check requests to volunteers and applicants to complete so you
never need to ask for a Social Security Number
Easily identify flagged reports to make the reviewing and hiring process faster

 

#2. It is the most integrated with your ChMS, providing you with an easy-to-use, quick way to fully manage background screenings. Here are just a few benefits:

Process screenings in bulk, based on a search. You can handle all of your staff and volunteers at once.
Search for cases where follow-up is needed, or when it's time for a renewal.
Maintain history of background checks when ACS user transitions to Realm.
Add reference codes to make it easier to connect individual screens to relevant departments.

 

Plus, it's secure. You won't have to worry about asking for or keeping sensitive information, like Social Security numbers.

Consequences of improperly screening staff and volunteers with average background checks:

Missing data leaves holes for criminals to go unnoticed.
You put children, staff, congregants, and finances at greater risk.
People could lose trust in your ministry if something happens.
Legal action may be taken against you if someone abuses their position.
The integrity of the entire ministry may be compromised.

 

Advantages of using the most thorough background check service:

Peace of mind knowing you can easily process robust background checks when needed.
Confidence that you've taken steps to protect churchgoers.
Significantly reduce the risk of potential offenders causing people harm.
Results are compliant with federal and local background screening laws.

Watch a recorded demo to learn more.

  • For ACS & HeadMaster Clients

  • For Realm Clients

*Please note that time frames may vary due to increased volume.

Don't compromise where it matters most.

Serving Volunteer Package:

Best used for volunteers in greeting or hospitality roles

$11.00 (Per person searched. Plus county access fees, if applicable.)
Includes:

Nationwide Criminal Database Search, including millions of State and county records

Global Watch Lists/Homeland Security Lists and Sanctioned Lists

International & Interpol of 190+ Countries

Nationwide Sex Offender Database Search

Social Security Address Trace Report, including Death Index

 

Children and Youth Volunteer Package:

Best used for volunteers assisting with children or youth ministries

$29.00 (Per person searched. Plus county access fees, if applicable.)
Includes:

Nationwide Criminal Database Search, including millions of State and county records

Global Watch Lists/Homeland Security Lists and Sanctioned Lists

International & Interpol of 190+ Countries

Nationwide Sex Offender Database Search

Social Security Address Trace Report, including Death Index

Unlimited County Criminal Search for all filings over at least the last 7 years

Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search

 

Leadership and Staff Package:

Best used for staff or other church leaders.

$45.00 (Per person searched. Plus county access fees, state pass through fees, if applicable.)
Includes:

Nationwide Criminal Database Search, including millions of State and county records

Global Watch Lists/Homeland Security Lists and Sanctioned Lists

International & Interpol of 190+ Countries

Nationwide Sex Offender Database Search

Social Security Address Trace Report, including Death Index

Unlimited County Criminal Search for all filings over at least the last 7 years

Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search

Education Verification

Employment Verification

 

PA 153 Package:

Meets Pennsylvania ACT 153 Law*

$37.00 (per person searched. Plus state access fees, if applicable)
Includes:

Nationwide Criminal Database Search, including millions of State and county records

Global Watch Lists/Homeland Security Lists and Sanctioned Lists

International & Interpol of 190+ Countries

Nationwide Sex Offender Database Search

Social Security Address Trace Report, including Death Index

PA Child Abuse Clearance Check

PA Statewide Criminal Search

*Fingerprinting not available.

 

Extra Add-Ons:

Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR)

Best used for anyone driving a church vehicle.

$4.00 (plus state fees, if applicable)

 

Credit Check

Best used for anyone handling money.

$6.00 (on-site inspection is required; an inspection fee will be charged)

 

Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search*

Best used for anyone working with children.

$3.00

*Already included in the Children and Youth Volunteer Package and the Leadership and Staff Package.

The difference between the National Sex Offender Registry and the Nationwide Sex Offender Database is the timing of the products. The database contains static data, and is not considered a system of record, as it is not live. The states maintain the Registry, and our access to it is real time.

The Registry will have states unavailable, and when that occurs, our team waits to finish the processing until that state is back up and has been searched. With the database, if a state is down when the database is updated that states information is missing until the next time the database is updated.

Ready to get started?

How to set up your new, integrated background checks service in Realm:

1.Sign in using an administrative login.

2. Under the Admin menu, click "Manage Realm Account."

3. Click the "Additional Features" tab.

4. In the Background Checks section, click "Learn more."

5. Click "Sign up for background checks."

6. Complete provided application form.

To take advantage of the integration between ACS and Verified First, you will need to be on version 11.7.1.22 or later.

How to set up your new, integrated background checks service in ACS:

1. Log in to ACS.

2. Click "Grow Your Ministry" in the toolbar.

3. Select "Background Checks," and you'll be taken to the Verified First signup page.

4. Follow the prompts to start using background checks.

To take advantage of the integration between HeadMaster and Verified First, you will need to be on version 11.5.1.14 or later.

How to set up your new, integrated background checks service in HeadMaster:

1. On the Home screen, click "Other People, Parents, Staff, or Teachers."

2. Double-click an individual’s record.

3. Click the "Safeguard" tab.

4. Click "Request Background Check."

5. When the browser opens, you'll be taken to the Verified First signup page.

6. Follow the instructions on the screen to start using background checks.

Have questions before you get started? Fill out this brief form and we'll get right back with you.

 

Plus, when you fill out this form, you'll get this free ministry guide that goes even deeper on all the benefits of background check screening that every church must do.

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