After a week of debate, Rhode Island lawmakers have passed a new background check law that will make it mandatory to perform a criminal background check on adult volunteers who wish to participate in youth mentoring. This law would require all applicants who want to work with children through state programs to undergo a full criminal background check.
Currently, Rhode Island requires background checks for all adults who work in schools, but mentor programs are not included in that law, though some of the mentor programs do take place in school locations. Lawmakers believe that the expansion of the previous law will help keep children safer both during the school day as well as when participating in afterschool activities.
Many companies, as well as schools, all over the country use third party background check companies like backgroundchecks.com for their background checks. This company in particular has a wide variety of products that would be great to use when checking the backgrounds of those who work with children. One of them is called US Offender OneSEARCH and it will be able to show companies if the person in question has a history of sexual crimes anywhere in the US, as well as in some US territories.
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