14 April 2012
Dear Adult Volunteer,
Please go to the FFIC web-site at the link below, print and submit a “Request for Central Registry Clearance” form, which I am going to ask you to complete and return to your county DHS office for processing. Please ask that results be sent to the address below. If results are sent to you, please send that information to me at the address below. I have tried to request volunteer clearances on a three-year cycle, so this will be in effect until Heritage Camp 2015.
If, like me, you have had to complete this type of paperwork to volunteer at your child’s school, at your church, or with some other non-profit organization, or been fingerprinted because you are a public school teacher, you have another option. Feel free to request a letter from the head of the organization, on organization letterhead, stating that you have, indeed, been “cleared” to work with children. I will keep this letter on file for three years. I recently had to complete a request for clearance because I teach Religious Education at my church, so when the Dioceses receives its results, I could request a letter from the Director of Religious Formation. I know not every organization is willing to release the information, but one can always ask.
I know that we all have been scrutinized by the FBI, and would not be getting ready to attend Heritage Camp if we hadn’t “passed”. I am asking that we all do this, not because you are not trusted, but to put the safety of our children first. I’ve requested clearance so many times, I’m sure my file must be two inches thick!!
Thank you for your time and cooperation in this matter. Please try to have your clearance information to me by June 10, 2012. You are receiving notification of your volunteer assignment now, and although I trust that all volunteers will, indeed, have no trouble, it’s always nice to have the paperwork on file.
Families for International Children
P.O. Box 2053
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
If you live in Kent County, mail your form to
Kent County Department of Human Services
121 Franklin SEGrand Rapids, MI 49507