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Safety and Value

“Our first concern is always the safety of the children. To assure that protection, we need background checks on the mentors in our program. Yet, without the partnership of the Mentoring Center, the cost for background checks would be a great burden for us. ”

- Shyriell Owens, Director, Foster Grandparent Program, Hands On Central Ohio

 

 
 

Quick, Convenient Background Check Service for Mentors and Staff of Partner Agencies

The Mentoring Center makes it easy for partner agencies to complete background checks on volunteers and staff.

Visit or contact us at:

 

The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio
1855 E. Dublin-Granville Road
Columbus , OH 43229
Phone: 614.839.2447, ext. 103


Email:
Elizabeth Joy

 

Ohio Law Recommends Mentor/Tutor Background Checks
Effective April 2001, Ohio Revised Code (109.577) urges youth agencies to conduct criminal background checks of mentors/tutors who will regularly be alone with a child. The law stops short of requiring such checks, citing the checks as "best practice."

The law also stipulates:

  1. All new volunteers must be notified by the agency that they may be required to provide a set of fingerprint impressions--whether the agency ever does the check or not.
  2. If a person is found to have a felony record that includes a violent or child-endangering crime, the "home" agency may deny them involvement OR choose to retain the volunteer IF they notify the parent(s) of the child/children the volunteer will work with. The agency or business, not The Mentoring Center, determines the eligibility of the potential mentor or employee.
  3. Agencies conducting background checks are shielded from civil liability if a person they have screened and found to have no felony record subsequently harms a child.
 
 
Background Checks Required for Ohio Residential Camps
Effective May 18, 2005 , Ohio Revised Code sections 2151.01(B)(27) and (B)(43), and 2151.86 requires all residential camps to request criminal records checks from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) for all staff prior to employment. The law also requires FBI reports on applicants who have not been a resident of Ohio for the last five years.

For more information contact: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office for Children and Families Help Desk at 1-866-886-3537, option 4.
 
 

Background Checks Required for all Ohio Teachers and Staff
Effective November 14, 2007, House Bill 190 requires all Ohio teachers, non-licensed school employees, and school bus and van drivers to receive both a BCI and FBI criminal background check.

For more information contact:
Ohio Department of EducationOhio Law Recommends Mentor/Tutor Background Checks

Effective April 2001, Ohio Revised Code (109.577) urges youth agencies to conduct criminal background checks of mentors/tutors who will regularly be alone with a child. The law stops short of requiring such checks, citing the checks as "best practice."

 
 
 
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For whom do
we provide background checks?

  • Volunteers of partner agencies

  • Staff of partner agencies

 

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